So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2Corinthians 5:17

I am a great one for New Year’s resolutions and they usually work, um, well, for a while.

I often do lose a few pounds through to the middle of February, and then Chuck’s birthday and Valentine’s Day catch up with me.  My personal Bible study and prayer time increase until about Ash Wednesday, when church gets busier and busier, and then, prayer and study time become work.  At the beginning of each new year I do spend less time working and more time relaxing, but I can only relax so much and for so long and then my workaholic ways kick in.

Every year with the old calendar I toss out the old Steve and ring in the new me.  And every year good old, “fat, dumb and happy” Steve makes his comeback.  Of course it can be disappointing sometimes, but like the old Brooklyn Dodgers, I tend to sing out, “Wait ‘till next year!”

Jesus doesn’t have timelines for us.  There is no waiting for next year or next time or next January 1, He ALWAYS makes all things new for us.  He is ready for us to get rid of the old every minute.  When we toss out the old, we make more room for Him in our lives.

Every time we fall back into our old habits, and even our old habit of wandering away from Him, like the Good Shepherd, He seeks us out.  When we wander, quite unintentionally away, He looks for us.  When we are pretty intentional about walking away, he searches for us and forgives us over and over and over again.

Peter asked, “Lord how many times should we forgive?”  I can almost hear Peter ask, “That fool broke his new year’s resolution for 56 years in a row now.  Should we put up with that or forgive him again?”

Jesus said, “Forgive seventy times seven times – always!”

Praise the Lord, Oh my soul.