A Fresh Start

In a day or two, we will have to start writing 2011.  It is hard to believe that 2010 is almost finished.  I like this time of year.  There is something about the turning of a year that opens an opportunity to hit a reset button.  I may not have kept all my 2010 resolutions, but I get a change to start over on January 1.  There is nothing quite as encouraging as a do-over.  Putting failed resolutions behind me is empowering.  I am hopeful that 2011 will be the year I stick to a diet and learn Spanish!  In 12 months I may be confessing failure, but right now I am optimistic.

Do-over’s are important.  They allow us to move past the paralysis of failure.  In many ways it is too bad that New Year’s Day only comes once a year.   Waiting 12 months for a fresh start can be exceedingly long.

One of the things I like most about the Christian faith is that there is always an open invitation to start afresh.  Have you ever wondered why forgiveness is one of the first things mentioned in the Lord’s Prayer?  When we forgive, a do-over space is created.

My hope for 2011 is that we would all create more do-over space!