According to Merriam-Webster, there are some different slants on the word ‘new’.
The first…’having recently come into existence’. Yep! That fits, since the new year is still just a few hours old.
And there’s…’being other than the former or old’. Yes, again. 2019 is history, along with its wins and losses, its disappointments and surprises.
But the definition that stands out the most in my mind is ‘unfamiliar’. Twelve months, fifty-two weeks, and 366 (this is Leap Year, you know!) unfamiliar days ahead, with 8,760 hours available with potential, yet unfamiliar at this point.
So as you peel off that first day of 2020, be it the desk Cat calendar someone gave you as a joke, or maybe the digital calendar that you utilize to organize your life, make the day count. Embrace the ‘unfamiliar,’ because it may be amazing in a way you could have never planned yourself! Jeremiah 18:12 reminds us that what is unfamiliar to us, is not a mystery to the Plan Maker! “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Happy Unfamiliar Year!