And GOD saw everything that He had made and it was very good. There was evening, then morning – the sixth day.
Gen. 1:31, GOD’S WORD
What’s in a day? What makes a day so important to one man and meaningless to another? Men seem to hold certain days in high esteem compared to others. This can be attested to by the fact that every person on earth has his own birthday.. and his own death-day. And there are days when we all go on holidays in order to spend time with our families – Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.
And, of course, there’s New Year’s day. January 1st. Resolutions. Plans. Written on tiny pieces of paper and placed on the walls of our rooms.
What makes the first day of every January different? Surely it’s just the beginning of another circle of 365 days, right? Why do we treat January as though she were a princess on her way to the palace of her crowned prince – delicate, special and to be handled with care? If the other months of every year had human feelings, I’m sure they would look unkempt and forlorn year after year due to lack of care and attention. Oh, how September would weep year after year as men are in fear, sorrow and bitterness as they remember 09/11. Nobody remembers her anymore, no one seems to care – she’s repulsive to many and cursed to a few. But January seems to get “all the love”.. surely January possesses some sort of charm or voodoo that make men love her so. Why is January special? And what makes her first day to be in the hearts of men, months before it arrives?
For many, January signifies a new beginning. A time to start afresh. The slate is wiped clean and they get to start a new page of their lives, create new chapters.. and ultimately form a new story with classic plots and superb characters in action. January simply looks new and inviting. You know the feel of a new car or a new house? That’s exactly how January feels like – a new bride waiting on her beloved. January simply represents newness. But it doesn’t end there.
Many go further to recognize that “newness” is not enough.. to enjoy a new life, one must take steps to ensure that the old is totally dead and that it doesn’t resurface. Resolutions. That’s what we call it – our plans to stop addictions, our plans to kill old die-hard habits. Resolutions are meant to hone us into better men and women. But they almost always seem to be helpless in “molding” us. Simply put, resolutions are powerless. Because they are mainly wishes.
I will be a better giver this year. I will spend more time studying my books. I will be a better husband and father in 2016. I will go through my Bible this year. I will spend less and save more. Lots of “I will”. I’m not saying that you can’t be a better person or develop awesome abilities this year. Far from it.
In the words of Marianne Williamson,
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world”
I’m saying that a man who waits till the first day of January to start being an amazing father really should sit down and perform a heart check on himself if he’s really ready to be a father. Or a student who thinks his grades will get better simply because he “made up his mind” to study more and pray harder starting from today – grades don’t get better like that.
January 1st is just another day. It has 24hrs and every hour still has 60minutes. It’s a blessed Friday that Jehovah graced us to see. If we wait for January 1st of every year to effect positive changes in our lives, we’re suffering from an ailment which I call the January 1st syndrome (I’m sorry I couldn’t come up with a better name. I was never any good in Biology.)
But I am aware that many make resolutions and get results. The results were not gotten because of their resolutions, but because they had a strong desire to be better – they didn’t just wish. They were ready to be better and they took time to make themselves better.
If you’re suffering from the January 1st syndrome, you need to set your mind free from its clutches. January 1st is just another day.
And I pray that God strengthens you this year as you take steps to be a better you.
In the words of the Apostle Paul,
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
God bless you.