There’s something refreshing about a new year, isn’t there? Often there’s this feeling of starting fresh and getting a blank slate. I tend to love this, because it’s a beautiful reminder of what Christ has done and continues to do for us. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we’re told: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” (CSB)

Just as the old year passes away and the new one has come, Christ has done the same for the life of the believer. We are no longer our “old selves.” When you become a Christian, Christ takes up residence in your heart, and He transforms you from the inside out. In Ephesians 4:22-24, it says: “to take off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.” (CSB)


I love the correlation between a new year and salvation. Through salvation, our sins—our old self and way of living—are entirely wiped clean. We’re given a blank slate. A new year gives us a blank slate with new beginnings as we put aside the things that happened the year before and look forward to the year ahead. In the same way, we’re given a blank slate in Christ. Salvation offers us a blank slate. We no longer need to live in fear and shame because Christ has set us free. He wiped away our sin and darkness, and we look forward to the future, anticipating all the work He will do in and through us.

This New Year with New Beginnings, may we be reminded of the gift of salvation through Christ and the blank slate that comes with it. His Word tells us in Lamentations 3:22-23: “Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!” (CSB)

This New Year with New Beginnings, may we be reminded of the gift of salvation through Christ and the blank slate that comes with it.

His Word tells us in Lamentations 3:22-23: “Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!” (CSB)

New Year, New Beginnings?

Yes, absolutely!

But, I choose to think New Year, New Mercies.


Meet… Hannah Hay!

Hannah and her husband, Ben, attend Stuart Heights Chattanooga Campus. She fills her days with writing, singing and her two cats, Sasha and Princess. Learn more about Hannah at: alifetransformedblog.com.