A Fresh Start

It’s hard to believe that just two weeks ago we celebrated Christmas. The cookies, the presents, the eggnog! A few days later we had New Year’s Eve and more celebrations. Then it was New Year’s Day and the declarations of change for the coming year. Now we’re a few days into 2013 and diligently following our resolutions.

Resolutions are made from evaluating our lives and recognizing where we’ve gone astray. We start a new year with a passion for life and health. We go to the gym regularly and eat more green vegetables and slow down on dessert. Somehow, though, by the end of the same year, that passion for healthy living has evaporated. Life has gotten too busy, fast food is too easy, and the grocery store’s produce section contains too much hassle. If nothing else, the hectic pace of the holidays makes any food we could scarf down appropriate and the flurry of visitors and decorating makes the gym inconvenient. So, here we are resolving again to make time for ourselves, eat healthy foods, exercise and turn back the scale.

Is your body a mirror of your spirit? Has the hectic nature of life caused you to neglect spiritual nourishment? Do you need to make a spiritual fresh start? The good news is a fresh start can come at any time of the year! The life of Jesus Christ gave us the hope for the best fresh start anyone could hope for, the gift of salvation. We are born anew upon accepting Jesus in our hearts. If you don’t yet know the best of fresh starts, pray to turn from sin and accept Jesus as your Savior today.

If you are a Christian, but need to make a fresh start, the Scriptures are a great place to begin. There is no better food for the soul than the Word. Resolve to make time to read your Bible and reflect. Improve your spiritual “diet” with regular helpings of Christian teachings and music. Don’t forget to exercise your prayer “muscles” by spending time with God. It’s also important to take time write, sing, worship, or enjoy any activity that brings you closer to Him. If we make healthy choices daily and make these resolutions a part of our routines, we won’t need radical declarations next year. We will already have a life built on health and well-being, inside and out. When life gets stressful or you’re tempted to choose poorly, speak the following Scriptures as a reminder that God has His hand in everything we do!


“Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will support you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” -Psalm 55:22


“Be gracious to me, God, for man tramples me; he fights and oppresses me all day long. My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me. When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” -Psalm 56:1-4


“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31


“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me” -Philippians 4:13


“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” -1 Corinthians 3:16-17


“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:2