Make the most of September’s fresh start

The summer heat-wave is definitely over. Clarks is rammed. And workplaces look a lot more, well, tanned.

It must mean only one thing. September’s here.

A Fresh Start?

Some Christians laugh at all this talk of fresh starts. Like New Year’s Day, ‘it’s just another day', they say. ‘Nothing’s changed.'

In one sense they’re right. It is just another day. Your new stationary doesn’t change the fact that we live in a fallen world. We still sin. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

All well and good.

But if we go down this road, we’d never break time up in any way – no weeks, months, years. And this goes against the God who created time.

He created the rhythm of the working week (Exodus 20:9-10). Annual festivals and celebrations (Leviticus 23:24). Even work and rest periods of seven years (Leviticus 25:3-4).

And What?

Like a calendar year, a new academic year gives us space to reflect and ask ourselves good questions.

This isn’t about working out if God’s pleased with us or being down on ourselves for our failure.

The most important thing is that we look to Jesus to be our perfection on our behalf (1 Corinthians 1:30)

But the Bible also commands us to examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5). And September is a yearly opportunity to do that.

This Weekend?

Because self-reflection doesn’t come easily to lots of people, here are some questions to start off.

Am I walking closely with the Lord? How can I grow in my relationship with him? Who has he put around me? How can I use my time and money to help them grow in love for Jesus?

How would God define a successful year? How can I move toward that?

It’s not an absolute must. But, as we start the academic year, it’d be an hour well spent.