Embracing the New Year

I’m not sure about you, but 2019 seemed to be a roller coaster year emotionally for me, full of ups and downs, loved ones getting sick, some health issues of my own, dreams becoming fulfilled (pursuing my writing, speaking and book coaching business full-time) and yet some disappointments coming my way too (my book launch of my new novel The Jealous Son was super successful – thank you all for being so supportive – yet I’m still waiting for my books to hit the New York Times bestseller list…haven’t given up hope yet!)

I always love the New Year celebration because it’s a fresh start, the hectic Christmas holidays are over, and it’s a new beginning…time to look ahead and dream of what can be and let go of what was…all of the heartache and headaches of the past…time to start over.
That’s what God wants for us – He says so according to St. Paul: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away (aka getting older), yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

I watched the movie The Two Popes last night and it was very much about change and starting anew. In the film (which was very good in my opinion) the incoming Pope Francis and the outgoing Pope Benedict have a debate about change – whether it’s really a good thing or just another word for compromise. Things go back and forth between the two – but in the end we see that both have made mistakes and both have their flaws because they’re only human – and the movie shows how everyone can start over and work together for God’s good.

So here’s to all of us continuing to put one foot in front of the other, do the next right thing, try to be our best selves, fulfill our purpose here on earth, help in little ways to know and do God’s will and work together for His good to build His kingdom, and to love one another.
I pray each and every one of you has a happy, healthy and blessed New Year!

Michele Chynoweth
Author, Speaker, Book Coach

Michele Chynoweth

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