Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43: 18,19.

Yeah, I understand that in the past, you faced many things; challenging and bad times, good times, times when things were not as expected, but you just had to pull through and get your head above the waters of life. You might have even felt like throwing in the towel at a point in time, and at another time you were in a very high spirit due to one achievement or the other.

Many things have definitely happened, that I can say assuredly. Many waters have passed under the bridge, but you were not swept away by it.

Now, can you do me a favour? Let us put all that has happened, particularly the rough and hard times, and face this new glorious year with a new zest and pure mindset of greater and better things ahead.

Coming into a new year, let us not just see it as just another year, a random, regular stuff that happens year in year out. Let us approach this novel transition with a new mindset. One thing is that 2017 is gone, and can never be again, it can only be remembered in archives and perhaps diaries. However, 2018 offers you a new opportunity and a wider platform to achieve all it is that you have in your heart to do.

My fellow survivors, let us face this new year with much gusto. Drop old habits, poor mindset, grizzled behaviours and what have you; it won’t help if you really desire change this year. One thing I’d love us to do is to journey beyond the past and begin to sojourn into the future picking up new habits as well as developing new mindsets that would launch us to greater things this time around.

The Bible makes me understand that it is not possible to put old wine into new bottle, else the bottle will break. New wine is put in new bottles so that both the wine and the bottle will be preserved. Now my question to you is that hope you are not planning to put old wine into a new bottle? The consequence is not always palatable, so please change your mind, it is not too late.

I this day urge you to choose to start this novel year on a fresh start and consider not the former things. It is also not too late to drop the luggage of sin and carry the easy yoke of Christ.