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A Paradox for New Year’s Day

G. K. Chesterton, master of paradox and humor.

Today's Devotional

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts fresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterward. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

About the author and the source

G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) was a highly influential journalist, Catholic, and a master of humor and paradox. (For more on Chesterton, see Christian History 113, Seven Literary Sages, and Christian History 75, G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy on the Loose.)

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