In our church service yesterday, I shared my feelings with our congregation
about becoming as Paul said, "new creatures".
I think this is my favorite New Years' scripture found in the Bible.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
I love what our new 2021 Come Follow Me manual says about becoming new creatures:
"The aim of all gospel learning and teaching is to deepen our conversion to Jesus Christ and help us become more like Him.
For this reason, when we study the gospel,
we’re not just looking for new information; we want to become a
“new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This means relying on
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to help us change our hearts,
our views, our actions, and our very natures."
We get only one January a year where we make goals and fresh starts.
But with the Savior, our quest for personal change and
growth doesn't only happen at the beginning of the year.
Through Christ, we can become "new creatures" every single day.
And when we get off course,
He is there to help us back on the path and back to Him.
We get fresh starts whenever we need them, and He freely gives that to us.
I am so thankful for that!
Tonight we had our family New Year dinner.
We read last years goals, made new ones, and celebrated
our life together as a family and the love we've felt
from the Savior.
I welcome 2021 but admit I feel a little timid about the future, too.