At the start of every year, many of us will be seized with a desire to make some resolutions. It might be to eat less or healthier, to exercise, to save our money or to be nicer—but most will revolve around the idea of doing or being better in the coming year.
While many of these may not last past the first few weeks or months of the year, it shows the power the idea of new beginnings has in our minds.
Whether it is in the movies or real life, we love stories about people who have been able to turn their lives around. It’s not hard to understand why; all of us have something in our past that we wish we could go back and do differently or better. Seeing other people manage to start over gives us hope that maybe we can, too.
At the heart of the Christian message is the idea that it’s never too late for anyone to change. The Bible is full of remarkable stories of people transformed by an encounter with God, even people society had given up as hopeless cases.
It’s not just ancient history, either—for more than 2,000 years the Gospel has continued to change lives, and proven that with God everyone can have a fresh start. It’s that message that underpins the work the Salvos do, and has seen countless lives transformed by the love of Jesus.
It’s a reminder to us all as we start 2019 that a new beginning is there waiting for us if we want it. It’s just up to us to seize it.