Thrive 365 January: A Blank Slate

By: Garret Larsen

Posted: 1.21.20

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

As a child growing up in the Northeast, one of my favorite things was a fresh blanket of snow. I know in Texas, we don’t experience this often (or at all), but there is something special about everything being covered in white. Waking up to a fresh layer of snow, untouched by humans, is a thing of beauty. However, it’s a fleeting moment…because eventually people shovel their driveways, snowplows clear the streets, and the once blemish-free snow turns gray and dingy. 

The beginning of a new year reminds me of a new snow, because January 1 feels like a blank slate. There’s a new beginning, a fresh start. However, the fresh start at the beginning of a new year can be fleeting, just like the snow. Many times, I make a new year’s resolution but it quickly loses its luster and I lose motivation towards it. The new beginning I was hoping for can quickly fade.

The hope, peace, and love that Christ provides should feel like a fresh snowfall every morning. My charge to you this month is to see each day as a fresh start with Christ.

Lamentations 3:22-23 says “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

The Lord doesn’t look at your mistakes of yesterday and say, “well, they are too far gone now.” His mercy is NEW every morning. The sins of yesterday are wiped away by the blood of Christ and each day is a new beginning in his grace.

If we can let go of the shame and guilt of the past, we allow Christ to fulfill his promise of making us a new creation in him. Thank you Jesus for the gift of new mercies every morning!

Talk About It:

  1. What do you think being a “new creation” means?
  2. What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?
  3. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and how will you do it?

Pray Together: Lord, thank you for the sacrifice you made on the cross so our sins are washed away when we confess to you. Thank you for the mercies that you provide each day, help us to be more like you and seek you each day. In your name we pray, Amen.