Quotes and Scripture for 2021

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

The New Year causes us to take a deep breath, learn from history, and move forward with strength and courage. Quotes and Scripture often give us a push to reach out as brave and optimistic inhabitants of earth.

One or more of the 15 words to live by below could help you journey through the days ahead.

  1. Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV
    Remember not the former things,
    nor consider the things of old.
    Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
    I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.
  2. Craig D. Lounsbrough
    Packaged inside of every mistake there lays a great lesson. And while I don’t want to take the mistake into the New Year, I most certainly want to take the lesson that’s packaged inside of it.
  3. Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
  4. Susan Sontag
    Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.
  5. Philippians 4:6 ESV
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
  6. Vern McLellan
    What the new years brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.
  7. John 13:34-35 ESV
    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
    By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
  8. Ellen Goodman
    We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives … not looking for flaws but for potential.
  9. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
    In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
  10. Rainer Maria Rilke
    And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
  11. James 1:17 ESV
    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
  12. Sarah Ban Breathnach
    Take a nap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.
  13. 2 Corinthians 13:11
    Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
  14. Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
  15. 1 Peter 5:6-7
    Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Do you have a favorite Scripture or quote for 2021?