New Year Religion


Happy New Year!

OK, I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really do or celebrate new year. And there’s loads of reasons for that. I mean, my reason to celebrate, being a Christian, is Christmas. For me, New Year is a massive anticlimax. For me, it reeks of people prolonging the Christmas holidays and some misled wishful thinking that 2013 is going to be “the year for me”, so to speak. Only that in 12 months time, that hasn’t happened and 2014 simply has to be the year. And then 2015 and so on and so on.

There’s nothing wrong with wishing for bigger and better; but isn’t bigger and better all relative? And who decides all that anyway? Loads of people on my Facebook and Twitter are hoping that 2013 brings them something materialistic, like a new handbag or something. Really? Is that what’s going to make your 2013 the biggest and best year yet?

For others, it’s about a fresh start… why wait til January 1st to make a fresh start? Many people have been waiting 11 months and 3 weeks for this fresh start to occur. Time wasted if you ask me.

Maybe it’s down to superstition and tradition – welcoming in the new year and all that. I don’t know.

As you can tell, on the whole, I really dislike new year. Saying that, last night, I went out with some friends and ‘welcomed in the New Year’ with a glass of champagne, compliments of the landlord of the pub we were at. Quaint. Nice. Enjoyable.

But now, it’s January 1. I don’t feel revolutionised by last nights event. Seeing the clock at 12:00am didn’t give me an amazing uplifting feeling, propelling me to the mindset that I will conquer the world this year.

I’m hopeful of this year. I am excited about what will happen this year. But that’s not because it’s 2013 and it’s going to be the biggest and best year ever, necessarily. It’s because I’m living. I’m just living life as it comes. I’m fully expectant that there will be ups and downs this year. Why would I want to try and trick myself into thinking it’s going to be amazing 100% of the time?

I guess my train of thought leads me to think that in a world where people want everything to be abstract and relative, why are people so certain that “fate” or “luck” is going to be kind to them? It doesn’t make sense to me.

Of course, for myself and other Christians, we believe in the definite. There is nothing more comforting in reading the words that ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever’ Hebrews 13:8. You can’t get much more definite than that. For me, I’m not wishful of that statement – I’m certain of it.

People may be wishing on a star that 2013 will be the year for them, but I’m resting. Resting in Hebrews 13:8. For me at least, when I look away from me and look at him I see reality in a different way. Things come into perspective. And I learn; learn not to set my mind on earthly things, but to store up my treasure in heaven, so to speak.

So this year, I’m not wishing or hoping on the ‘year of my life’ that 2013. For me, it’s an idol and religion. In stead, I’m trusting in the one who never changes, that, in many ways, is the only constant in life; and praying that more of the world would receive his grace and blessing this year. And through that grace and blessing, 2013 would really come into perspective.

Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @