Karen’s Column - Here’s to Fresh Starts!
Posted: Wed, 2nd Jan 2013
A new year, a blank page, a clean slate, a green horse … there is something heartening and hopeful about new beginnings! It seems a new year always goes hand in hand with goals and resolutions, but why do we so often wait for the calendar to flip over before we make life changes?
Perhaps we make New Year resolutions because we love the optimism a clean slate brings. We haven’t stuffed this year up yet and the pure, empty canvas of 2013 is our fresh chance to get things right… or at least better. When I think of the uncharted potential of a blank year stretched out before us, this poem penned by an anonymous teacher comes to mind:
“He came to my desk with a quivering lip, the lesson was done.
‘Have you a new sheet for me, dear teacher? I’ve spoiled this one.’
I took his sheet, all soiled and blotted, and gave him a new one - all unspotted.
And into his tired heart I smiled, ‘Do better now, my child.’
I came to the throne with a trembling heart; the day was done.
‘Have you a new day for me, dear Father? I’ve spoiled this one.’
God took my day, all soiled and blotted and gave me a new one - all unspotted.
And into my tired heart he smiled, ‘Do better now, my child.”
Ah, the beauty of a fresh start!
I find similar encouragement in the promise from the apostle John who wrote, “If we admit our mistakes to God, He is faithful to forgive us and wash all our wrongs away.” A clean slate comes as freely as just ‘owning up’ to our mistakes. I don’t think God could have made forgiveness any simpler.
I love the inspiration of an untouched, ‘unstuffed’ year. I always long to make both myself and this New Year better. But even more so, I love the promise that I don’t have to wait for a new year to get a clean slate, I can have one every day, every minute, every breath. That is the beauty that God’s forgiveness brings to everyday life. So happy New Year dear friends, and here’s to fresh starts!
Wishing you a happy, hopeful 2013,