Start 2020 with a fresh heart. And here’s how.
Do you do a beginning-of-year personal inventory? One that involves looking at the state of your heart and mind?
I haven’t always done such an inventory, but lately, I’ve been feeling like something is being worked out in my heart and mind. Too often during 2019, my thoughts have gone to past hurts and disappointments.
I don’t think I’m unique. I can’t be the only person who wants to start the new year with a fresh slate, eager to see what 2020 brings.
Sometimes we've been wounded by others' actions, and sometimes our wounds come from consequences of our own behavior. Either way, I’ve come to believe that we must take an active part in healing our hearts—or having our hearts continue to heal. Yes, that’s better.
First thing, realize that all healing comes from God.
The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts. Isaiah 57:15
Isn't that amazing? The Almighty can/will restore a crushed spirit. He can/will revive courage. Doesn't that bring comfort to you? It does to me.
Take heart, and move forward with the knowledge that the past is over but the future is waiting to unfold. Whatever wounds and disappointments you struggled with in 2019 can be left behind as the calendar page turns. God promises a new beginning with each day.
Do you harbor bitterness? I used to be a serial forgiver. I would forgive then bitterness would creep in, and I would withdraw my forgiveness. I know that it’s my responsibility to turn that bitterness around. I try. Honestly.
Do you need motivation to let go of bitterness? Check this out: “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!" Matthew 5:43-44
So, here’s what we need to consider to create a fresh heart:
Cleanse your heart daily (Don’t accumulate grudges, let them go.)
Avoid what will lead you away from a God-centered life. (That’s different for everyone, but if you think about it, you know what your hot button is.)
Find ways to demonstrate your choice to forgive those who have wronged you.
Easy peasy? No! But it’s worth the effort. Decide to freshen up your heart. Not only will you make the world a better place, but you'll make yourself a better person. And that's something!