So, it’s February. Some of us continue to be committed to our New Year’s Resolution(s), gearing up for the second month of the year with momentum. But there is a large portion of us who aren’t. We’ve struggled, and perhaps thrown in the towel, shrugging our shoulders with a hopeful, “I’ll try again next year.”
Maybe next January. January—the month begging us to metaphorically hit that “reset” button—the gift presented each Christmas whether we are up for the challenge or not.
Ahhh, the reset button. Who out there remembers the original Nintendo Console System? The Original Mario Bros Game? Duck Hunt? Blades of Steal? Excite Bike! I could go on forever. And remember that reset button? The moment we knew our character had hit a wall (literally or not) and our game was about to go south, with a quick flick of our finger that magic button would clear out all our wrong decisions and lack of gold coins. We’d start brand new, eager at a fresh start to our game of possibilities.
Now I have to be honest, in regards to my New Year’s Resolution, I’m not even sure I made it to week two of January. The reset button was hit so quickly, a single “gold coin” hadn’t even been collected. Ugh, and there I was, feeling the disappointment—that familiar feeling that surfaces again the following December when reflecting upon last year’s resolution, knowing I have a chance to start again at the stroke of midnight on the upcoming big night of celebration.
But is that really what God had intended? One night of the year to clear out our missteps and set new goals? No. Not only do we have the opportunity to hit that button each night when we crawl in bed, but we have that opportunity each hour, even each minute to clear out the mess we may have gotten ourselves into and approach the next minute with a brand new start, knowing that our next step is truly what matters.
“I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years.”
~ Henry Moore
An Unparalleled Gift
We do have that opportunity. Our Father gives us the gift of grace each and every second. We can humbly confess to what has taken place, requesting that fresh slate and His guidance toward our upcoming choices. And we are only able to receive this gift because of Christ’s extreme and selfless sacrifice of his life on the cross. Think about that. There is nowhere else in this entire world where it is possible to receive this type of grace immediately each and every time, despite the transgression … despite the fact that it is the last thing we deserve.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Psalm 51:10 (KJV)
So don’t wait. Don’t wait until next year. Don’t wait until Monday morning. Don’t even wait until tomorrow morning. If needed, restart. Restart now. We’ve been given this massive gift allowing us to do so; gifts are meant to be opened, used, and be grateful for. Don’t wait. Tear off that paper. Dive in. Start fresh. Your possibilities are endless.
“Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.”
~ Jonathan Edwards