When the first of the year arrives you have the sense that you want to hit the reset button if there were one. The last year was difficult and violent around the world. It looks like this year is starting out that way too. Make your own reset button. God gives you the chance to restart every day. We are not held back by our past and the future is filled with possibilities. What often happens is that we “self-limit” ourselves – so reset. We are born again to a living hope – we are not victims of some cruel past that constrains us and prevents us from moving forward unless you are under some truly enslaving system.
Yes you have to go to work, yes there will be things that seem like obstacles, and surely you have created habits that may be difficult to contend with but this is a new day and a new year. I am always impressed with Malala Yousafzai, the young woman who spoke out for the rights of young girls to be allowed to be educated. On the afternoon of 9 October 2012, Yousafzai boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman asked for her by name, then pointed a pistol at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of Yousafzai’s forehead, travelled under her skin through the length of her face, and then went into her shoulder. In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, for intensive rehabilitation.
On 10 October 2014, Yousafzai was announced as the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. At age 17, Yousafzai is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. Don’t tell me that you are limited by circumstances. The hardest thing is to know what it is that you want. Once you have that in mind, reset and move forward. There will be setback, yes, but they will help shape your character.
“For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2