When you’re too sick to celebrate, you realize that there’s nothing new about the New Year. Instead, there’s newness in every day that is often overlooked.
While everyone else was celebrating the New Year with sophisticated parties, glittery dresses and fireworks, Chris and I were tending to three sick little boys. The unusually cold winter we’re having in Houston has caused a revolving door of sinus allergies and flu-like symptoms that has held us back from being 100% this season.
Expecting in Error
Even though I was looking forward to bringing in the New Year as a family, I wanted to have some fanfare. A look out the window at the neighbor’s fireworks display. My own personal critique of Mariah’s vocal arrangement for the ball drop. A sweet kiss from my hubby. A toast to what’s ahead of us.
I got none of that.
We were all too sick for toasting sparkling grape juice. Too sick for the germ swap that would be kisses. Too sick to discern if she was lip syncing. Too sick to even wait for her to come on. Too sick to stand outside to watch the pretty light show. Too stick to even bare the sound of it.
We were all to sick to celebrate.
Instead, we hosted a family sickly sleepover in the living room, watching football and shuffling between action films and kids movies. Well, at least that’s to the best of my recollection. I don’t remember what we ate. If I cooked it. What really happened. Other than the dog being scared of all the fireworks next door. It was the only reason I even knew that it was the New Year. Their celebration alerted me to the horizon of 2018.
I don’t know why I expected much.
Why do we expect for the New Year to be so…new?
Nothing New Under the New Year Sun
Our family easily floated into 2018 without any sort of symbolic consideration for the page turn of the calendar. Is the start of a new year really so different? As to cause us to think differently? To act differently? To be different?
I can tell you that we were no different. Other than the fact that we were sick on December 31, 2017 and collectively sicker on January 1, 2018. I didn’t feel different. My mindset hasn’t shifted much. And I wasn’t all of a sudden the most productive writer of all time. Nor the award-winning type of mother and wife I’d like to be. And I won’t even go there about what type of Christian I was. Sickness doesn’t always mesh well with patience when you’re caring for the sick while you’re sick.
This family float into 2018 got me thinking…why do we put so much expectation on a new year? Should we wait to recalibrate every January 1? Or should we begin to consider a different take on a fresh start?
The answer I found is to be mindful of my days and fruitful with my time.
So teach us to number our days, that we may cultivate and bring to You a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 AMP
What’s Really New
The only true sense of newness comes when we accept Christ into our hearts and lives. Everything after that is through reflection and revelation of this newness based on the new creation that He makes us. This renewal is a continual returning back to that initial realization of who we are in Christ and how He has created us anew.
Now if that’s what we’re celebrating every January 1st, then yes, we should rejoice in a cooperate renewal. But if we’re simply celebrating the arrival of the next year, we can begin to lose perspective of what God wants us to do in lieu of what resolutions we have planned for the next 365 days.
Do not be conformed by this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 CSB
Realistically, every day should be a renewal of the mind. Therefore, every day should be a celebration with a sense of joy, peace, love and hope. Every day, every year, we should be renewing ourselves, progressively growing in the understanding of God’s perfect will for our lives. Every day, we should be rejoicing in the newness Christ has made us over in.
The countdown isn’t just for the annual ball drop. It isn’t just for a kiss from your husband. It isn’t for fancy celebrations and the chance to get dressed up.
The countdown is every day, for our days are numbered. And it’s up to us to continuously renew our minds, so that we may gain a heart of wisdom and discern the perfect will of God for our lives.
Ladies, let’s stop waiting for the fireworks to tell us when to start fresh. And trust God for the newness of life day in and day out. And thank God for the new mercies He grants us each and every day.
22 Because of the Lord’s faithful love
we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness!
Lamentations 3:22-23 CSB
What did you learn this new year? Did you have an interesting and enlightening experience?
Share your revelations below.