‘What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new?”
It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.’ Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 (ESV)
Sobering words as we start the New Year.
Our natural optimism has us hoping, trusting, expecting that this year will be better than the last.
We tend to focus on what we can improve and how we can change. Especially at this time of year.
Resolving to be better, thinner, fitter, faster, smarter.
But we need to “remember” that some things never change.
History has a nasty habit of repeating itself.
Sadly, sin is alive and well and prevalent in our fallen world. Distorting our impure thoughts and our selfish actions.
How many of us make New Year’s resolutions that are all about us?
I’m just as guilty as the next person. And there’s something commendable about trying to grow and develop and refine our thinking and behaviours.
But have you ever thought of making them about others? Or God for that matter?
Endeavouring to be kinder? More patient? Loving? Showing greater self-control?
Thankfully, in spite of our shortcomings, God never changes. He was, and is and is to come (Revelation 4:8).
prayer : ask God to renew and change me
action : implement a daily “5 Love Languages” action plan