My word for 2016 is RESTART.
The whole Advent season including the New Year’s Celebration is all about restarts. Lots of things in life need restarts. My laptop this morning needed a restart. Relationships can dry out and need restarts. Restarting is a time to reflectively think how things are and then restart them with a different mind set. “If you always do what you have always done then you will always get what you have always gotten.” We cannot restart without letting go of the past. We need a restart because we tend to either grab things we should not have in our possession or hold on to something too tightly. Restarting may mean eating humble pie and asking forgiveness. Restarting may mean loving someone unlovable.
Looking back on this past Christmas holiday and thinking about the meaning of the Advent Season, I believe it is God’s offering all mankind a restart. The whole point of Jesus coming to live among us was to offer a restart. Just like the gifts at Christmas, restarts come in all sorts of size and shaped packages. In God’s eyes, Christmas is actually an all year event. His gift to us is always under the ‘tree’ for us to pick up and open. God’s restart gift has little to do with doing something different by opening a resolution and much to do with opening a relationship. No matter where you are God is there too. He is waiting with His gift. Jesus tells us to “Change our mind and the direction we are going, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” However, restart with God means that we need to do just one thing. There is only one thing separating us from God. Why not today restart with God, placing your trust, surrender and faith in Jesus. It will change your life and you do not have to contend with those pesky new years resolutions that mostly never work.