Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
—Revelation 21:5 (NKJV)
A New York writer is struggling to make ends meet.
She has great difficulty striking a balance between her day job and finding the time to write — enough that she’s considering whether to give up on her writing dreams altogether. And it’s at that crossroad when she receives a Christmas gift that will change her life.
Friends attached an envelope to the Christmas tree. Inside? A financial investment that would fund her writing dreams for the next year. (In fact, this writer was so frugal and dedicated to her writing dream, she was able to stretch that gift to last two years instead of just one.) And this writer did not give up. She kept going, penning the words on her heart, dream-chasing her calling… and gave To Kill a Mockingbird to the world.
That Christmas, Harper Lee received the gift of time. That’s 365 days. 8,760 hours. Or, amazingly — 525,600 minutes — to imagine a new life!
A new year is a gift of time to live the story we’re writing with God.
Think you couldn’t receive a gift like that?
2017 is a fresh-faced opportunity that doesn’t have to follow an A-to-B-to-C-and-D prescription in order to change the course of our lives. While we may not find an envelope of funds to step out and dream-chase our own calling, we have been gifted something far more valuable… TIME.
We can’t buy more or bargain for extra portions of it. We can’t wish for another one of those 500 thousand or so minutes on the calendar. Time is just there. Offered freely, with the potential to have an incredible impact on our world — given that we’re serious enough to claim it, and brave enough to own it once the envelope is in our hand.
In Revelation 21:5, the Greek word for new is: kainós . It means: fresh in development or opportunity – something “not found exactly like this before”.
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that we have hope and a future. That God knows what He has in store for us, even if we can’t see it yet. Plans not of harm, but to prosper us. That’s what the all things new means here. Time is our gift on the tree. It’s an investment in our future — one that couldn’t possibly be exactly like the year that’s come before.
We could argue that the days on the calendar aren’t guaranteed for us. That’s true. But think bigger. Think on a Kingdom-sized timeline. We have heavenly time to come: the hope of a future that’s more than we could ever dream. And, we also have right now. This moment you’re reading. This very second you’re wondering what it might be like to live the life of our dreams here on earth.
You’ve been given the time on January 1, 2017 to imagine what the words in Revelation 21:5 and Jeremiah 29:11 can mean for you… to take the time on the tree and stretch it out to live the most incredible year (or two years) or your life.
What would your ALL THINGS NEW look like?
What would it look like if we allowed Jesus to step in and make all things new for us?
Would we have the time to commit to a new dream like Harper Lee did? Would we imagine a journey from “safe” to the wild, unending love offered when we’re willing to risk with God? Would a real exploration of our faith delve us into a deeper, more intimate walk with Him? This kind of gifting is far more than New Year’s Resolutions, friends. It’s daring to dream with our Creator. It’s merging the gift of time and the gift of walking with His Son into the journey of our lives.
Make 2017 your anthem of living — really living.
Make 2017 the year that you mark on the journey as the gift of time that once changed the course of your entire life. Take your gifts and step into the life that’s been engraved on your heart all this time. (And if you’re not there yet… if you’re still figuring out what those all things new might look like, that’s okay too. I spent 15 years in Corporate America figuring it out…)
Just walk. Walk with Him. Use your time. Live. Really live, and see what He does with the days written in your story.
With Happy New Year’s Day greetings and JOY in what’s to come,
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