The practice of choosing a word for the year is something I have done for the last three years under the encouragement of the leadership of a local church. The word has served as a point of focus in my walk with Christ.
My word for 2016 is New.
1 not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time
2 just beginning or beginning anew and regarded as better than what went before
We celebrate things that are new.
- New Years are exciting.
- New Cars smell amazing.
- New Shoes look great.
As I thought about my word for this year, I was reminded that the Lord celebrates making things new as well.
We are given a new heart and a new spirit
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
We are a new creation
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
We follow a new command
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
We will see a new heaven and new earth
1Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea… 5He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
I just listened to a sermon today that said God views each day with the same excitement that we view each year. His mercies are new each and every day.
I am made new. You can be too.