20 New Things for 2020

Today is the last day of the 2010s. It’s hard to believe that on December 31, 2009, I was 12 years old. The last 10 years have given me a relationship with Jesus, two graduations and a college degree, four albums, many friendships (some of which span all 10 years), deep heartbreak and inexplicable joy, and thousands of moments that shaped me into the adult I’ll be in the 2020s.

A lot can happen in a decade.

People get cynical when it comes to the New Year, and I suppose I understand why. Break enough resolutions and they start to lose their meaning. New Year’s Day comes just one week after Christmas, and it can feel like the last box to check before the holidays officially come to an end and everything goes begrudgingly back to normal.

But alas, I am a hopeless romantic.

Personally, I adore New Year’s. I love the glitter, the bubbles, the fashion, the parties, and most of all, the beginning of something new – the idea of a clean slate, a year unmarked. New Year’s reminds us our lives are comprised of a million second chances, one after another after another. It’s a holiday full of grace; if this year was bad to you, just wait. Here comes another.

There’s something unique about the year 2020 in particular. It’s a numerical pattern, a leap year, and ushers in the second decade of the new millennium. It reminds me of my high school graduation party, when a family friend heard the news that I was a member of the University of Texas at Austin Class of 2020.

“2020? Oh, the Lord has favor on you,” she’d crooned with a smile, eyebrows raised.

I’d wondered why that year was so special to her. On a very basic level, it’s just cool. But I also think it’s something more.

I do believe the Lord has many wonderful things in store for the next decade. By 2030, I will 32 years old (which is a very strange thing to see in writing). I’m very hopeful that the next ten years hold long-awaited milestones and realized dreams: a debut full-length album, a first book, a wedding day. There are so many places I’ve yet to see and things I’ve yet to do and people I’ve yet to meet. The pure, unbridled potential of a new decade is deeply exciting.

So, I’ve been wondering: What’s in store for 2020?

You may be asking the same thing.

Although it would be nice to have the plan handed to me on a silver platter, I don’t have the answer to that question. And let’s face it, that would probably zap the fun out of living. But I can say with confidence that 2020 holds something new – for both of us.

Turns out, the Bible is full of verses about new things. The Lord loves new things. They are His specialty. He is the expert at resurrection, the ultimate creator, the author of all life. If you need renewal in something (or someone), He’s got it covered.

Here are 20 things that God is making (or has already made) new:

1. Your Identity

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2. Your Way

Isaiah 43:18-19
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

3. Your Life

Romans 6:4
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

4. Your Future

Isaiah 42:9
Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.

5. Your Inner Being

2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

6. Your Strength

Isaiah 40:31
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

7. Your Heart

Ezekiel 36:26
And I will give you a new heart…

8. Your Spirit

…and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

9. Your Name

Revelation 2:17
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.

10. Your Mind

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

11. Your Beauty

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time.

12. Your Self

Colossians 3:10
And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

13. Creation (Us)

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

14. The Covenant

Hebrews 9:15
Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.

15. The Law

Romans 7:6
But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.

16. His Compassion

Lamentations 3:22-24
Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

17. Songs

Psalm 40:3
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.

18. Heaven and Earth

Revelation 21:1
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.

19. Jerusalem

Revelation 21:2
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

20. Everything

Revelation 21:5
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”

If the first 19 didn’t cut it, you can rest in and build your 2020 upon Revelation 21:5. He is making all things new. Not just on January 1, but every single moment of every day thereafter. It is never too late to start over.

So instead of getting bogged down with the who-what-when-where-why of the New Year, we can choose to stand firm on the promises that have already been spoken.

My prayer is that the next ten years carry a banner of obedience, promises fulfilled, deep joy in all circumstances, dying to self and picking up crosses.

May your 2020 be filled with an abundance of new things.

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