I think we all love a new calendar year because it marks the potential beginning of something new for each of us. The chaos the Holiday gatherings are behind us, and we can mentally write off the bumps in the road of the previous twelve months. Not just the bumps but the parabolic times we went off-roading, and all the time wasted sitting in traffic jams. Here, in the New Year, there is an opportunity to start fresh. That is, if we choose not to drag the junk from the old season into this new one.
And it is a conscious choice we have to make.
There are two things that are necessary to walk in the exciting potential of a brand-new year.  First, forgiving yourself. Second, choosing to spend time dreaming about what you would like to accomplish in the new year. The truth is, you can’t effectively do the latter without doing the former.
Jesus was asked “What is the greatest commandment of them all?” His reply was, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and all your strength. And the second is like unto it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  
We have all learned that if you want people to like you, we must treat them well. However, we don’t often treat ourselves with the same kindness. Instead of forgiving ourselves, we continue to rehearse everything we’ve done wrong. We continually remind ourselves where we made a mistake or didn’t live up to our own standards. Jesus’ expectation is that we would treat ourselves at least as well as we treat others. 
It seems like one of the most common conversations I am having right now is the importance of self-care. Forgiving ourselves is part of selfcare. You and I must choose to forgive ourselves of all the mistakes, the bad decisions, all the woulda’s, coulda’s and shoulda’s. Please choose to empty your pockets of all the junk today, and then intentionally start to dream again.