It was my wonderful friend and master baker’s lemon drizzle cake that finally did it! The smell of that delicious, moist textured loaf and the aroma of that sweet, tangy topping simply proved irresistible. In a fleeting moment of utter weakness all my resolve went flying out of the window, and before my head knew what my hands were doing the cake was being lifted to my lips and was being inserted onto my eagerly dribbling mouth. Absolutely sublime. Of course what followed was an afternoon of guilt which had to be dulled-down by several more slices of said cake, all the left over sausages from breakfast and an entire packet of fig rolls.
New Year’s resolutions ah, whoever invented them anyway? Surly they qualify as one of the world’s most irritating things along with hot weather when you’re not on holiday, adult acne and trying to find the end on a roll of sticking tape! Yet year after year, as December draws to an end someone, somewhere will ask the question, “What are your plans for next year? Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?”
Let me give you a piece of advice, this year tell them you are going to be kind to yourself, this year you’re going to ignore any temptation to set yourself up to fail, this year you’re going to do things a little differently.
Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love for us we are not consumed, for His compassion never fails. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
There are many things about God that are eternal. He is, of course the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He was there before it all began and He operates outside of all our know dimensions of time and space. He sees everything, knows all there is to know and has a perspective that reaches way beyond any horizon we will ever comprehend. But there are also aspects of God that are almost transient in nature. He can forgive our offences and look upon us as if we had never made the mistake in the first place. He can take what appears to be the most devastating of situations and turn them around for unbelievable good. And He can begin each new morning with renewed and fresh compassion. It’s as if God has the splendid capacity to press the reset button and begin again.
That being the case, and as His children, we should take a leaf out of His awesome book. This year rather than making a New Year’s resolution why not simply decide to make a new start every morning. Wake up and say to Him “Father God yesterday is gone, but today let’s start again. Let there be boundless, new expressions of your compassion in my world, towards my husband/wife, my boss, my neighbour, and myself”. Rather than setting our sights on weeks and months ahead, the tomorrows which Jesus told us would hold ‘enough trouble of their own’; let’s just focus our attention on today. And just for these waking hours let’s endeavour to ‘act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.’
So, my New Year’s resolution this year is not to have a New Year’s resolution at all, but to try and hold a soft daily resolve, one which draws a line under yesterday and starts each new day afresh, just like our Father God…
…Oh and lemon drizzle cake … I also intend being kind to myself and eating more lemon drizzle cake without guilt or shame. Absolutely sublime!
(Matthew 6:34 Micah 6:8)