What’s New? Answer: everything.

Last Friday, arguments were heard in two Supreme Court cases while the Omicron hurricane swirled outside. All but one justice appeared in the now-common new fashion, masked while hearing and considering the positions. Justice Sonia Sotomayer was even more avant-garde: she participated remotely from her office rather than joining her contemporaries in the main chamber.

What’s “New?” Not existing before; made, introduced or discovered recently, or, now, for the first time; just beginning and regarded as better than what went before.

For the next few weeks, masked or unmasked, we’ll all easily extend a standard greeting, at least until the Super Bowl: “Happy New Year!”

Everybody wants new; it’s top of the list, always. We reach to the back of the milk case at the grocery store to get the container with the latest expiration date. We want a new car – instead of a lease-return that lost its drive-off depreciation with the first oil change – so we’re not “buying someone else’s problems.” Lines form – even during pandemics – for Apple’s latest-and-greatest iPhone generations.

Funny, isn’t it? That’s our mindset regarding products and consumables, but we tolerate much less than that when it comes to our own life.

Lots of people are feeling some tension right now: they’ve been in their New Year for 10 days while wondering how the pandemic will pan out, and they’re “late” with their homework. Our culture assigns the task, every January: come up with your plans for a New Year. With circumstances surrounding us are changing hourly, how can one propose a credible picture of innovation as we turn the corner into yet-another year of cultural and pandemic uncertainty?

God didn’t create the New Covenant relationship for us to have with Him – through Jesus Christ – to simply make us better: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

His plans were not for a remodel of what we built before we partnered with Him: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness,” (Ephesians 4:22-24).

Allow me to pose a critical questionare you waiting to become a new person so that you can do new things? Or, do you become a new person through doing new things?

Forget resolutions. Start a new roster for a new year, to introduce the New You. No more resolutions: instead, create initiatives.

Initiatives are out-of-the-box endeavors. Goals advance the ball down the field of life; initiatives are game-changing pursuits that become strategic inflection points in life. What single thing could you do in 2022 in your Personal, Family, Professional or Kingdom arenas that would make 2022 the most amazing year you’ve ever had?

This is not the year to just hold-your-own. The opportunity for breakthrough initiatives will never be better than it is today.

It’s an old Nike marketing pitch, but it is memorable because of its proven wisdom. Here it is: Dream it. Plan it. Do it. Every great never-before addition to a life – or, to the world – started as a dream, called for a plan… and then unleashed the action that brought it to life. That’s you, this year.

What’s your Dream for 2022?

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