"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up;
do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43: 18-19 NIV)
But the day or year doesn’t gift us with a new beginning. God does. He created a need in us for a fresh start, and provides one every day.
He wants us to forget our failings in the past and focus on what He’s doing now in our lives. And our faith provides a way for us to trust in what He's planned ahead for us.
What does this mean for us as writers?
It means that if we didn’t complete our manuscript by our personal deadline, we get to choose another one and move ahead.
If we received a rejection in the mail yesterday, we don’t give up.
If our lives have gotten out of balance with spending too much time on writing and not enough time with God or family, we get another chance to get our priorities straight.
If we’ve become discouraged in regards to writing, we seek His will for our work. If we’re convinced this is our calling, we pick ourselves up and press forward with renewed energy and faith.
A new beginning. What a gift!
Not only on January 1, but every day.
And that’s exciting!