Physiologically, a fresh calendar suggests a fresh start. But realistically, January 1 cannot obliterate the needs and burdens of December 31.

What can you do practically to renew your soul for the new year?

Look to the cross.

There is no challenge in the Christian life but that a look to the cross won’t give you a fresh start.

When I read the Gospel accounts of Christ’s crucifixion—His agony in the garden, His trial, the mocking, His scourging, His suffering, His separation from the Father, His ultimate sacrifice—I’m always renewed. I’m reminded of His love. I’m convicted of my selfishness. I’m re-energized by His grace.

I don’t know what challenges you may be facing:

  • Discouragement
  • Pride
  • Besetting sin
  • Fleshliness
  • Frustration
  • Weariness

But if you want a fresh start—on January 1, or any other day this year—I’d encourage you to look to the cross.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him….—Hebrews 12:2–3

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