Read This: ”And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. . . . Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:15, 17)
Think: Are you a gamer? Do you Wii? XBox? Head shots? Angry Birds? If you’re reading this on a computer screen, odds are you’ve at least dabbled and you’ve likely resolved either to a) spend less time playing in the new year or b) finally beat that game that’s been kicking your tail.
Here’s one thing that makes gaming so addictive: You get to start over. Every time. Whether you’ve played the level once or repeatedly, you start again and again with a clean slate. Maybe this time you’ll be perfect.
It’s that performance impulse that drives our New Year’s list-making. “Yeah, I know I did not achieve the ideal last year. I was not the person I wanted to be morally or fiscally or socially or spiritually. But I’m about to start a new level. Maybe this time will be different. Maybe I’ll be perfect.”