This New Year, Let Us Focus on Jesus

Has anyone written their New Years’ resolution? Any do’s and don’ts for 2014?

I have my to-do, and that is to diet and exercise again. I am hoping and determined to lose weight again and I planned to start it this New Year. Yes, I preferred to wait until tomorrow :) 
I think this goes to everyone. Each of us has their own plans as the year starts.
Yes. I also have my don’t-do-it-this-time list on my mind; things that I should stop doing. One of those is to sleep late or not having slept at all… (let me try!)

As Christians, I know we should not practice this New Year’s resolution list anymore, we should be living a life pleasing the Lord and not according to this list (the above were just examples).

We look at New Year as start of something new and something great. This is the best time for new endeavors; to step in a new opportunity or challenge.And this is also the perfect time to leave the past behind. Those things that we want to forget; experiences and difficulties that causes us pain. We can all move forward to start anew.

In the Philippines, we have firecrackers, the louder, the better; for the old belief of sending away the negative things with a bang and welcoming the year with new vibes. We all know that those came from Chinese culture, which goes with having round fruits which symbolizes prosperity.

Here, we have get- together party during media noche or we go out to watch for the grand fireworks

In reality, even us Christians were still bounded by cultures and traditions; most of us still put the same rounded fruits on the table. Erika still jump hoping to increase my height... Admit or not, we cannot let go of these traditions; thank God I don’t have a polka dots pajama anymore.

As the end of the yuletide season, this is our thanksgiving for all the blessings received from the past year and gratitude and hope for the coming year.
We celebrate the good life; we are all healthy and comfortable. We have our family beside us. We have shared our thanksgiving…
We are grateful for the chance that is ahead of us. New Year is new beginning.  Opening of a new chapter of empty pages of our lives and the pen is in our hands to fill in those pages.
We are hopeful for a better year. We look forward to stepping on the next level. We’ve learned a lot from the previous year and we now look ahead at greater obstacle to overcome.
We embrace freedom from the past. As we start anew, we let go of the heartaches and pain, we release the hatred and anger. People that hurt us and experiences that made us down; this is the time to make wrong moves, right.  We made mistakes and here is the chance to make things better.

The celebration of the end of one year and the beginning of another is the perfect time to focus on the faithfulness of Christ, and leave the past behind and press on to the future. 
Because everything ultimately flows back to this one reality: Jesus is the reason of everything good and right and full of hope. 
This is a time to focus on forgiving the failures of the past and focusing on the hopes and dreams that God’s puts in the heart of every believer.

Our faith in Jesus, who He is, what He has done and what it means for us.

John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

John 1:12-13
12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

The Only reason why we can look ahead and never look back; whom we lay down our hope and repent our sins; the Only One who holds our future and released us from our past. 

Have a blessed 2014 to everyone!
May the life of Jesus Christ manifest in us in the years to come. 

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