new year is well under way. It always brings the need
for some changes, some insignificant, others are major and
require our thoughts and decisions. We will never be
able to go back to the previous year no mater how much we
might desire to. In some cases, we are relieved to put
it behind us.
Thomas A. Edison looked at two million dollars lying in ruin
after a fire destroyed his factory in West Orange, New Jersey.
His insurance only covered $238,000 because the building was
concrete and thought to be fireproof. Much of his life's
work lay in ashes before him.
24-year-old son, Charles, said his own heart ached for his
67-year-old father and no doubt expected him to be devastated
over his great loss. The next morning, Edison looked at
the charred remains and said, "There is great value in
disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank
God we can start anew."
great attitude! He could have felt such remorse that he
wouldn't be able to continue his valuable work, but just a few weeks
later Edison produced a spectacular invention--his first
similar to what happens to us when we turn our lives over to
Jesus Christ? Our life before, stained with sin and its
consequences, has been destroyed, blotted out and we are
washed clean by the blood of the crucified Christ.
"Thank God we can start anew!" Not only did the precious
blood of our Savior thoroughly purge us of all our sin, it
completely erased that sin from God's Memory Book! He
said it would never be brought up again to spoil our record
in His Book.
Year is a wonderful opportunity to "start anew" and like
Edison be more productive, for our Lord. In spite of how
much we might desire to relive our mistakes of the previous
years and make changes, it is an impossible task. It's
etched in history, and we can live with regrets and
remorse--or we can "start anew." In God's eyes, once we
have repented of past sins, we are innocent of them!
the devil, has designs on every Christian; he wants to stymie
our lives by creating a mental video and plays it in our minds
hoping to make us feel unworthy, un-forgiven and useless in the
Kingdom of God. He hopes to put ruts in our path that
prevent us from making progress and keep us traveling the same
way we always have in the ruts.
It is time
to get out of the ruts! God's "road grader" has prepared
the road ahead to enable us to get out of Satan's efforts to
hinder us in our "New-Life" progress.
if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are
passed away; behold all things are become new" (2 Corinthians
are babes in Christ or elder saints, the same blood is applied
that cleansed us from every sin and gave us a "new start."
That doesn't mean we have achieved perfection so that we never
fail. John wrote to those he considered his "little
children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.
And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1).
is an opportunity to "Start Over"! We never have to
carry a load of sin; we never have to allow the devil to
discourage us with failures; we never have to stop just
because we see our lives lying in ruin like Edison's factory.
God is still God! He is only ineffective if we allow
Satan to defeat us. The war was won at Calvary--forever!
Let us not
allow this New Year to get underway with defeat because of
past failure. We are more than conquerors through our
Lord Jesus Christ!
all these things we are more than conquerors through him that
loved us" (Romans 8:37).
No one is
capable of loving us as much as "Him that loved us."
Human love is wonderful and fulfilling, but it can never
measure up to the Divine Love that died for us and now lives
for us. It was His death and resurrection that
guarantees eternal life for all who will believe and accept
May we let
this New Year's resolution to put-past-failure-behind-us be the defining characteristic of our lives as
we "Start Over" with the One who created us for His