You can do all that and more with Jesus Christ. When you accept Jesus into your heart and into your life, you really do get a new life. You will really come to understand the meaning of "born again". You will want to bury your old self and put the past behind you. You are clean and fresh and Jesus has taken on your sin and your burdens. No, life will not be perfect and maybe not even easy, but you will have the ultimate comforter. He is our counselor and savior and He will get you through anything.
Some of you may be skeptical as you read this. I know there was time that I do wasn't sure I wanted Jesus. I didn't want to stop all the "fun" I was having and follow these Christian "rules". Besides, with the life I had lived and was living, there is no way Jesus would want me. It took some time and a true witness to the kindness of Christ to bring me to Him. When I realized that He loved me already and wanted me to come to Him just as I was, it was a huge weight off my shoulders. No one ever handed me a list of "Christian rules" to follow either. But as I cam to know Jesus and accepted him, I truly understood the meaning of being born again. You see, I was a new person. I no longer desired my old ways. I wanted to learn more about how to follow Christ. My desires had completely changed. I wasn't the same person at all and I thank God for that. The love and compassion and forgiveness that is offered by our Savior is indescribable.
You too can find this new life. Take this time of renewal to renew yourself. As Jesus into your heart, ask him to show you how to follow Him. He is faithful and He will answer. So start this New Year by dying to your self and living for Jesus Christ!!