I love the fact that January 1 is the first Sunday in 2023. I feel like that we begin this new year with full of God’s Words. When there was no concept about “time” originally, we were not able to enjoy this kind of fresh impression each year. From some time ago, people began to distinguish time and the concepts of a day, a month, and a year were created. This kind of concept of time allowed people to end a certain period of time so that they could move forward for better future.
Although 2nd and 3rd places are okay, people still try to be number one because they are the only one who will be remembered by other people. This kind of comparative way of evaluating people makes our hearts so dry. In this secular world, our value is compared with other people based on each person’s ability. But God only cares about whether we put our best efforts or not. This is the reason why that many people in this world try to be number one. But when God judges us, he has an absolute standard. His standard is very different from the way this world evaluates people. The way we compete spiritually is another level. God does not evaluate each person relatively, but absolutely based on His standard. Because of this reason, all of us who are in this holy competition do not have to think badly about other people. As long as we do our best, God will praise us without comparing our accomplishments with other people. The words of the master toward the servants who received five talents and two talents, in the parable of talents (Matt25:21,23), prove this.
Therefore, we must not be too proud of ourselves even if we were able to live a successful life last year. At the same time, we do not need to be discouraged even if we experienced lot of failure last year. You only need to renew your mind and determine how you’re going to live this year by faith and do your best!