What is it about New Year’s that captures us? We all make resolutions–don’t deny it. Whether or not we keep these resolutions is difference. But, even if we fail in our resolution in February, come December 31st, we make a new set of resolutions. Why?
What is it about Mondays that (for the most part) give us energy and motivation? What is it about Sundays that inspire us? What is it about Fridays that excite us and give us energy? What is it about spring that gives us hope?
It is the symbolism of renewal. It is the promise of a new beginning, a second chance.
Darin Cozzens, a Mormon, wrote, “What kind of wisdom and intelligence would be required to set in motion a system whereby regeneration and renewal happen as splendidly and dependably as the sunrise? I cannot fathom such perfect foresight. Almost everywhere we look in nature, there is some provision for renewal. Surely the cycles and sequences of nature were ordained by God; the natural world is a study in the absolute necessity of constant renewal. As marvelous as this power of renewal is in the world around us, it is even more compelling when we realize that it extends to us as well—individual human beings, sons and daughters of the same God who set the seasons in motion. He has endowed us with a promise and capacity for both physical and, more important, spiritual renewal.” Click here for his talk on Easter and spiritual renewal.
We have the power to renew our resolutions, our motivation, even our faith and dedication to Heavenly Father. That is why I never give up. He helps us. He has faith and believes in us. “We are in need of constant renewal.” That is so true. And, we are capable of it.
So, for those who didn’t make year long resolutions, create a word of the year, list monthly (or smaller) goals, it isn’t too late. Don’t give up before you begin. We can renew our wants and our hopes, our dreams and plans. Next Monday is a good starting point. But, you don’t even have to wait for a Monday. You can start tomorrow. You can start today! And if you mess up, fail, forget, guess what? You can renew again.
For those who struggle with your relationship with Heavenly Father, or keeping the promises you made, or feel you don’t live up to the standards of a good person or even just a good Christian, it isn’t too late. After all, that’s what the Atonement is for. That is what repentance is for. You can always renew and try again. Christ doesn’t expect us to be perfect, he just wants us to try our best. Remember: “Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” (2 Cor: 14-16)
So, I will keep that in mind this year. One of my motivations this year to accomplish all of my priorities and goals will be to remember renewal. If I fail, I can try again.
What do you think of the word “renewal”?