“Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.” 2 Cor. 5:16-20

I had a boss once who, anytime anyone came to him with a computer problem would say, “Did you restart?” It was always his go-to answer. He wouldn’t even come see what the issue was until we had first checked that off our list!

The new year is as good a time as any to do a “restart” in our lives. Whether it’s our faith, our finances, our health, or any other area, sometimes we just need to chuck out the old ways of doing things and start over fresh. We might not realize what hidden issues were holding us back until we’ve completely revamped our way of looking at a situation.

God is great at restarts, whether it’s your first or your fiftieth. He can take hidden things and bring them to light, and help us deal with them the right way. His way. The only way that gives us lasting results.

Do you need a restart? Looking to our Creator is the best place to begin.

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