We have a fascination with “newness.” We like new homes, new cars, new appliances, new clothes. Sometimes we even venture with new acquaintances.
The old year has passed, leaving us with reflections on our old selves: anger, unforgiving attitudes, complaining, impatience, an unsympathetic spirit, ingratitude, missed opportunities to witness. We feel burdened with regrets.
This New Year brings us the chance to become new persons with new visions and new opportunities to show love, caring, understanding, affirmation, a spirit of peace, and a passion for outreach. The 21st century trend is towards makeovers. We marvel at the genius of cosmetologists and cosmetic surgeons as we look at the “before and after” pictures of people who have been successfully transformed.
God is also in the make-over business. He offers us a new heart. He presents us with a new commandment, to love one another. He urges us to put on a new man [woman]. He advises us to walk in newness of life. We are going to have a new name. This is a total make over.
God will help us become new persons in 2017. “Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isa. 43:19. There are some old resources that will facilitate our makeover: the everlasting Father, The Ancient of Days who has promised to be with us in our challenges until the end. We have the holy angels who are the “ministering spirits.” Then there is the Holy Spirit that Jesus commissioned to give us that Pentecostal boost.
Yes, God will do a new thing. I like to think that the new thing God will do is to make a new brand of women—mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, neighbors, church members, community workers, colleagues. We will be new women for God! We will be more consecrated and committed to allowing God to do new things with us first, so that we can share the love of Jesus with the world.
Then as new women we will be able to inherit the new heaven and the new earth that Jesus is preparing for us!
-- Gloria Trotman, PhD, CFLE
is the Women's Ministries Coordinator of the Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. She is the President of Najja Hope, Inc., a nonprofit Family Services Organization. She is an active member of her church and the former President of the Houston Bay Area Women’s Ministry.