As we prepare to end one year and begin another, one word stands out for me: grace. And the source of grace is God.
Grace defines our past: sins forgiven, brokenness redeemed, grief assuaged, blessings too numerous to count.
Grace defines our future: God, who is already there, holds our lives in His hands and His hands are full of grace.
Grace defines our present: “My grace is sufficient for you”—anywhere, for anything, all the time (2 Cor. 12:9).
Make all the resolutions you want. Who among us can’t stand some personal growth and improvement: lose weight, forsake a sin, spend time with God each day, exercise regularly, make a new friend, say “I love you” more often to the people you love, begin a new hobby. Make all the resolutions you want and best wishes in following through.
As for me, I resolve to do some things better too, but I since I know myself so well, I mostly resolve to rest in the grace of God. John Newton said it best:
Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come.
Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.