It is a new year, and you have a new start. That is what everyone has been talking about, right? There typically is a big build up that it is a new day and you can leave the past behind finally. In the days leading up to Jan. 1, you could see on social media and in people's attitudes as they reflected on the last year anything and everything from rejoicing over the happenings in 2018 to people saying “buh-bye!” to 2018 in a gleeful manner that 2018 was finally O-V-E-R.

In the same way, many have new year's resolutions, special words to focus on or to declare over their lives for the new year. No judgement here. I am one of those people.

One thing I think people oftentimes neglect to remember in this season is that a date on a calendar does not truly define a new season in your life, new grace, new mercy, new strength or even give you permission to do something different. Every single day of the year you can have a new season, new grace, new mercy, new strength, and permission is granted every single day for you to do something different. You do not have to wait.

In Lamentations 3:22-23 it says, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends![a]His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”

In Isaiah 43:19 we read, “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

You are a new thing. You have fresh new beginnings every single day. If you blow it on day 10 with your resolutions, do not worry. You get a fresh start every day with God. You lose your focus? No problem. God will clear out the path of the dreary wilderness and help you get back on track. Someone brings up the old you? You are a new person.

Hold on to these truths as you go into 2019. He makes you new, not the new year.

Caroline Hare is assistant to the pastor for Ministry Coordination and the Next Generations Pastor at Destin United Methodist Church. She can be reached at chare@destinumc.org.