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“Behold, I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:19, AMP)

Today is the first day of the last month of 2010. So much has happened in our personal lives, in the lives of those we know and in the world. It is always during this time of year that we begin to reflect, reminisce, reorganize, renew, restore, reveal and even rewrite aspects of their lives.

We reflect on all that has happened in our lives over the past year. How we have grown, what we have lost, what we have gained, who is still around, and who is no longer around, where we are versus where we wish we were.

We look back to the past, reminisce and oftentimes get caught up there…only to blink one day and realize we have not moved, grown or developed because we have been living in a false reality created by fear.

We reorganize our home, office, garage, priorities, passions, purpose and people…in the spirit of efficiency and peace of mind.

We renew vows, commitments, contracts, promises, goals…swearing we will keep and fulfill them THIS time.

We strive to restore what was broken be it a relationship, an old car, a home, a marriage, a business. All in the hopes of bringing back yesterday…when things were good.

We might get bold enough to reveal our real feelings, buried emotions, desires, past mistakes, secret lives all for liberation, transparency and freedom.

And, we even try to rewrite our yesterdays. Yes, we try to erase the bad and replace it with the good, so we don’t have to focus on the hurt done to us or the role we played in whatever the real story is.

Yes, the closing out of another year generates so many emotions and actions; all in the spirit of becoming a better person in the New Year. But, let me ask you a question. In all the self-reflecting, self-enhancement, self-improvement and self-pity when did you decide that it was time to release control? Release control over each area and surrender it all to God to do a new work in you?

And, in order to release control we first have to readjust our thinking. Yes, we finally have to truly begin to TRUST and BELIEVE God’s word and in His promise in order for Him to complete His good works in us and for us and around us.

When release our control and we readjust our thinking we will truly be able to be led by God, hear clearly from God and totally trust in God. We will reflect (think on God’s goodness, mercy and grace), reminisce (recall how God has saved you, blessed you, loved you), reorganize (decide to seek God first and everything else will fall into place), renew (commitment to God), restore (reestablish a relationship with God), reveal (be true to God) and even rewrite (confess your sins and become brand new) ourselves for the new year as God desires.

Walk in faith. Live in love.

Mo Wood