There is just something about the dawn of a new year that has many people embracing new possibilities. Every year we convince ourselves that some how this year will be different for us. We will leave behind the past and become the best that we can be. January is a month that has us feeling hopeful and envisioning all the good things that life may unfold throughout the year. It’s a brand new beginning.
The start of 2012 and my chronological Bible reading plan has me contemplating how to make the most of our beginnings. As I pointed out in my post titled, On the Crux of Eve, we are not limited to new beginnings just in January. But whenever we have the opportunity to start anew, how do we really make it count?
As I read the account of creation, I took notice of the activities that God was engaged in during the beginning of time.
When the earth was without form and void: and darkness was upon the face of the deep. The spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Genesis 1:2
When everything was a blank slate, God got busy moving. He was doing the following:
According to Genesis 1:26a, we were created in the image or likeness of God. Which has me thinking that during my beginnings I should be undertaking these same activities. I have been handed a blank slate and the question is what will I be creating during the year? Will I let my creative abilities lie dormant? What words will I be speaking? Life or death? Will I seek to bring order into my life or will allow the chaos of the world to overwhelm me?
How do you spend the beginning of your year?