“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, He is a new creature; old things are passed away—behold, all things are become new.”

II Corinthians 5:17

Another year has dawned today,

At least on the calendar of men;

It’s supposed to be a time of “new beginnings,”

When we leave behind what’s been.

We’ll make our resolutions

And vow to start anew;

“I’ll lay aside my old, bad habits,” we promise,

By changing what I say and do.”

For a while we may do oh so well

As the New Year gets underway;

But, soon we’ll likely resort to the old

In the things we do and say.

That’s why we need help in changing,

For it’s impossible to do it on our own;

And that’s where the Lord Jesus can help us,

For “new beginnings” rest with Him alone.

Only He can cleanse a guilty conscience;

Only He can set the captive free—

For He, alone, is able

To make the changes so needed in me.

In Christ I find forgiveness

From sins, both great and small;

Only in Him is there true life anew

When on His Name we do call.

Yes, only in Christ does the “old” pass away

And Only in Him are we made new;

It’ll happen the moment we surrender to Him

In all we say and do.

There’s no need to keep on living

The same as in years gone by;

Instead, when we surrender to Jesus as Savior and Lord

He’ll change us by His great power from on high.

–Tom Smith