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

The year is winding down, giving us time to reflect on how 2011 went and what we hope for in the new year.  To me, the holiday of January 1st has always seemed a little arbitrary, but I think if it urges us to stop and reflect, then it is being put to good use.

All over the world, people celebrate the coming of a new year.  The idea dates all the way back to Roman times, when people dedicated the time of year (Janus) to beginnings.  It is interesting to think of how we all long for a new beginning, even in the midst of the timeline of life.  We make resolutions, vow to change our habits and revitalize our lives.  However, a new hairstyle will eventually become dated and attempts to hit the gym six times a week fade away.  These changes, while healthy, will not lead to anything revolutionary like we hope.

However, there is only one surefire way to become someone new and truly make a fresh start.  Putting our trust and belief in Christ guarantees we will become a new creature.  We are promised in II Corinthians that believing in Him means the old has gone and the new has come.  And isn’t that what everyone wants?