(Proverbs 31:9 KJV) Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
The arbitrary date that we call “New Year’s Day” is withing sight. Here is a bit of advice for us to finish out the old and begin the new, “judge” (8199) “righteously” (6664). If you look at the context you see that this might be directed toward kings and such but I think the command is extended farther than that.
Most of us have decisions to make and often those decisions effect other people. Are you a landlord? Can you justify raising the rent? Do you work in a situation where you deal with the general public such as a clerk in a government office or doing sales in a store? Do you listen and make decisions based on a desire to do well? We must judge because life calls for choices. The big question is do we do it in an honest and upright manner.
So? The new year is simply a good time for us to look and remind ourselves of what we should be doing all the time. Don’t let the time go to waste.