The new year with a clean slate is almost here. This week begins one of my favorite times of the year. I just began setting up my new planner. Except for a vacation and a few holidays, my plan for the new year is completely clean. There’s something great about a clean slate! One of the beautiful things about our faith. We have a God who is all about clean slates.
In Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV), Jeremiah writes of God:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
God truly gives is a clean slate. Always! You just read it from Lamentations: his mercies never come to an end. Every day — every moment — is an opportunity for a clean slate because of what Jesus has done for us. John, of course, puts it this way:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 ESV)
A clean slate.
So, if you have a clean slate, what do you do with it? Psalm 19 has some great answers to that question:
What do we do with a clean slate?
Start with God’s greatness
Psalm 19:1-6 ESV
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork…
Creation gets it right. The sky, the stars, the mountains, the ocean — they all proclaim God’s greatness. What would your clean slate or calendar look like if you were to fill it up with meetings, appointments and events that make God’s name great? What would you add to your 2020 planner that wasn’t there in 2019? What would you leave out?
You were created alongside the rest of creation to make the Creator’s name great. And, now that Creator has become your Savior and your Father.
Follow God’s Law
I know. We all hate rules. And sometimes that’s exactly what God’s Law can feel like sometimes. But, it’s so much more.
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul…
God’s law is the words of our Father who loves us more than we love ourselves. His law is the words of our Savior who gave his own life for us. He won’t keep any good thing from us. The psalmist tells us to follow God’s law because it revives the deepest part of who we are.
What does your blank slate planner look like if you decide to fill it with loving God and meeting needs the way God’s teaches? Do you trust God to make it worth it?
Let your words and heart center on Christ
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
In Matthew 6:33 Jesus said something that changed everything for me:
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Jesus promises that when our hearts are focused on our Father’s kingdom, we can rest that he will meet all the needs in our lives. What does it look like for you to fill up your conversations and your heart’s meditations with thoughts about your Father’s kingdom? How does that change what fills up your calendar next year?
It’s time to start your new planner. It’s pretty close to a clean slate at the moment. How are you going to fill it up the next 366 days?