Most of us dislike change.
We are creatures of habit and prefer that things continue as they are, even if our lives are not going so well. Often, it's only when we find ourselves living in unbearable conditions that will we seek to change our situation. Like the prodigal son in "Luke 15," who finally "came to his right mind" only while sitting in a pigpen eating pig food.
But short of an emergency, most prefer to continue in difficult situations rather than "rock the boat." Maybe you are in a job you intensely dislike, but it pays the bills. So you plod on day after day in the same routine, fearful to even think of changing employment. Or it could be a close relationship that has become intolerable, yet you continue in it because of financial considerations, or guilt, or a misplaced sense of duty.
You feel completely stuck and unable to move out of it.
Maybe you are feuding with your extended family and it seems like the damage to the relationships is permanent and the grudges are now too ingrained to break. So you continue in the estrangement, because sincerely and humbly attempting reconciliation seems too fearful and painful.
If we don't initiate needed change, we have made a decision to do nothing.
This means we are surrendering our destiny to others, hoping they will make decisions and changes that will improve our lives, hoping our employer or our partner or our family or a situation will change without effort on our part.
Of course, there are the inevitable times we are thrown into change against our will: We get fired, or divorced or someone close to us dies. One way or another, change is inevitable in life.
As old King Solomon famously said in "Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NAS)," "There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace."
The change from an old year to a new year brings a sense of hope that our lives can be also be renewed and made better.
Like the brand new calendar on the wall, not yet written on, we have a sense of washing off the old and starting over with a clean slate. It's a good time to make resolutions about things we wish to leave behind with the old year and things we want to accomplish in the new. And it's a very good time to decide to make those difficult but necessary changes.
"A time to uproot a time to heal a time to keep and a time to throw away a time to tear apart and a time to sew together "
The most important thing you can do to change your life and situation for the better is to allow God into your life. Not only does this wipe the old slate clean, but it also gives Christ the opportunity to bring good changes into your life.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold new things have come."
-- 2 Corinthians 5:17