Looking out my window today I’m still pondering what it means to be in a “Reset Year”. We are now well into January of 2017 which means some New Year’s resolutions are already on shaky ground. Just as the singing of Auld Lang Syne is a tradition, often times the making of resolutions is a tradition with another tradition following just a few weeks later – the breaking of the resolutions. There just seems to be something about making resolutions in an effort to better ourselves. There is something built into human nature which pulls at our inner most being to better ourselves from year to year. Whether it’s the breaking of bad habits, or a promise of establishing good habits, everyone wants to better themselves in one way or another.
What does it mean to be in “reset mode”? Some think a reset means going back to factory settings. Wipe everything out and start with a fresh clean slate. The problem with that kind of a reset revolves around the fact that even the good and useful pieces of information – or things learned along the way – are all lost as the factory reset clears all memory and all programs from the system. While this type of reset fixes many problems, suddenly you’re back at ground zero having to start all over again. Lessons learned in the past are forgotten, important and useful programs need re-installation.
In Philippians 3:14 Paul writes; “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”. While Paul says this was a goal for him, it is also a great goal for us. There are many things in this world that can pull us down and get us off course. Some good, some bad and some simply insignificant. Whatever it might be that pulls you off course from joy and peace, is something worth looking at while asking the question – “Is this keeping me from my goal?” This is precisely where the “reset year” comes into play.
I believe we are heading into a New Year where we’re being encouraged to keep our eyes focused on the prize and clear out those things which are weighing us down. The reset I believe is important for this year is similar to clearing the cache on your computer – or deleting those old temporary files the Window’s system used to create. In and of themselves, the cache or the temporary files do no harm. They are little pieces of information – lessons learned if you will – that tend to clog up the system and slow things down. When it comes to cache in your internet browser, that cache can actually cause you to see old things instead of new things. When the computer pulls information from the cache, sometimes new information appearing on a particular website won’t be seen because the computer is looking at the wrong file.
Back in the day of the old Window’s system, the only option was to delete all temporary files. However, when it comes to cache in an internet browser, you can choose what to delete and what to save. For example, you can tell your system to remember passwords, but forget information from websites visited. That way, once those old files are cleared out, the system runs better and faster, with the ability to focus on the “goal and the prize for which God has called us”. I believe 2017 is a time to step into the new and hit the reset button clearing out the old cache, enabling you to focus on all God has in store for this New Year. Isaiah 43:19 says; “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland”. As we hit the reset button on our lives clearing out the old, God will bring forth life out of those dry places.
Looking Out My Window is a regular column in the Northumberland Today newspaper located in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.