New and Old

As I write this post, it is just after 8 in the evening on New Year’s Eve. It will not be midnight for a few hours still. But in Kentucky, the New Year is almost here.

It still boggles my mind that we live so far away from where I lived for most of my life. What an exciting time this has been! It’s been awesome to see God work everything out the way He has.

2018 was a year of transition for me and my family. I changed jobs while serving bi-vocationally at Lexington Baptist Temple, then we were called to serve here at Calvary Baptist in Elko, Nevada. We sold our home and moved out West. New jobs, schools, time zone… all new.

The “new” year causes us to recollect everything that happened over the last 365 days – the good and bad, scary and boring, new then and old now. The “new” year brings with us a sense of hope. New resolve, new priorities, new outlooks, new diets (for some). But the “new” year is only new because everything that happened this past year has already happened – “old” news.

Is the newness to be found in the coming year any more exciting than the past year? Maybe, maybe not. It’s new because we haven’t experienced it yet. It’s unknown, mysterious, intriguing, perplexing… new.

Whatever newness is presented to you in the New Year, I pray you have peace. Know that God is eternal. He doesn’t just know what’s coming – He’s already there. He loves you beyond your capacity to understand.

If you know Jesus already, share your faith more often this year. You know someone that needs to know Jesus, and you should tell them about Him. If you don’t know Jesus, contact me or talk to someone you know who does. There is nothing more important than knowing Christ – He came to earth, died on the cross for your sins and mine, and God raised Him from the dead on the third day. He did that for you, and you can know Him today. Don’t put it off.

God makes all things new (Revelation 21:5).