When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior (Judges 6:12).

Even though Gideon was the “least” in his family in the weakest clan in Manasseh, he was told to “reinvent himself” as the leader to save Israel.

Saul’s original calling in life was to arrest and persecute all who called upon Jesus’ name, and it was a “successful” career for him. However, in a flash of a light (literally), everything he had known changed.

He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied. "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do" (Acts 9:4-6).

Saul’s life was drastically “reinvented” to live for the Lord rather than against him.

Have you had one of those moments where the Lord has “called” you to a new place? Has the Holy Spirit been urging you to “reinvent yourself” in a fresh way for a new purpose, but you have pushed it aside or disregarded it?

Don’t let yourself off so effortlessly and think of this uneasiness as just the “end of the year blues.” Overlooking these feelings as something that just “happens” every year is a waste of an opportunity to challenge and discover something new about yourself or to change something (or everything), you have ever known.

Since my last “end of the year,” I started taking classes in a whole new career direction, challenged myself physically to accomplish some new goals, pushed myself to reach out in new ways to others and have a genuine excitement for what the New Year holds even though I still have no “other” and many of the same struggles in my life.  

Make this New Year better than years past with a new start by reinventing yourself!

Cliff Young is a contributing writer to Sandlot Stories (ARose Books), as well as the monthly column, "He Said-She Said," in Crosswalk.com's Singles Channel.  An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Got feedback?  Send your comments and questions to cydmg@yahoo.com.