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Happy Groundhog ... er, New Years ... Day

I am the Queen of Resolutions. The Guru of Good Intentions. The Diva of Declarations. The Premier of Promises ... You get the idea.


I'm a big, big fan of New Year's resolutions. Every January 1st, I make them. Every January 2nd, I break them. Tradition is important.


Exactly eleven years ago, January 2nd, 1997, I had an epiphany. If Lamentations 3:21-23 really is true--if God's mercies really are new every morning, and His faithfulness really is great--every day (every moment!) has all the promise and potential of a New Year's Day. Failure is cause for repentance (and repentance means changing direction), but it's not cause for inevitable despair.


This New Year's Eve, like all the others, I wrote a long and stubbornly hopeful list of Things I'd Like to Work On. But at the top I put my most important resolution: Every Day Shall Be New Year's Day. Thanks be to God, that's a promise I can keep.


Here are the words to the song I wrote eleven years ago, the night I had my epiphany. It still applies to me, so I thought I'd share it with you.


Happy New Year!

Carolyn


I buy a lot of diaries

Fill them full of good intentions

Each and every New Year's Eve

I make myself a list

All the things I'm gonna change

Until January 2nd

So this time I'm making one promise


This will be my resolution

Every day is New Year's Day

This will be my resolution

Every day is New Year's Day


I believe it's possible

I believe in new beginnings

'Cause I believe in Christmas Day

And Easter morning too

And I'm convinced it's doable

'Cause I believe in second chances

Just the way that I believe in you


This will be my resolution

Every day is New Year's Day

This could start a revolution

Every day is...


One more chance to start all over

One more chance to change and grow

One more chance to grab a hold of grace

And never let it go


This will be my resolution

Every day is New Year's Day

This could start a revolution

Every day is New Year's Day


© 1997 running arends music/New Spring Publishing, a division of Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)


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