Focus: Taking Ownership for Past Failure and Asking God’s Help for Change
1 John 1:8-10 (NIV) If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word is not in us.
The first day of a new year is always a time to reflect. It is a day when we are apt to feel a sense of failure over things that didn’t go as we had hoped they might in the year that just ended. It can be hard to look back and see that many things were out of our control and even though we tried, success just didn’t come in the way we had hoped.
If we continue to look back, our list of disappointments could go on and on.
A little bit of looking back can be healthy, but January 1st is a better time to look forward. It is a day to make new decisions. It is a day to take what we learned from last year and determine to make a better year ahead—building on our experience.
The beginning of a new year is also a time to be honest with our self and take responsibility for our part in the way things turned out last year. How can we think this year will be any different, if we aren’t able to see that part of how things went last year was because of things that we could have possibly done better?
The Bible is clear when it declares that there is none righteous. It is not a big surprise to God that we failed…everyone does. But, that is no place to stay—figuring that if we can’t be perfect, why try?
In that place, our thoughts should be just the opposite. When we are able to admit that we failed, that is the time and place where God meets us in His great mercy and says, “Now, I can help you”. As long as we think we have done nothing wrong, His hands are ‘tied’, in a sense. When we confess that the biggest problem we have is our self and that we need God to fix us–we ‘untie’ His hands. At that point, He is able to put His hand in ours and begin to lead us in right ways.
One of the hardest things to do is admit that we’ve been wrong. But, until we do—nothing is going to change. Take a moment now and tell your kind and loving heavenly Father how you’ve failed and how much you need his help to make this year better than last year. He’s there waiting to hear from you…ready to help you move forward from here.
Declaration: I know I have been wrong. With God’s help I will move forward from here. In my weakness, I find new strength in Christ.
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