Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I pray you and your family had a Merry Christmas and ended the year with much to be thankful for. Since the end of one year and beginning of another is often a time of reflection, planning, and goal-setting, I’d like to ask you a question:

If you could change one thing you did this year, what would it be?

Would you have spent more time with a loved one?
Worked a little harder on a project or goal?
Maybe you wish you had made a few choices differently.

We all can think of ways that this last year could have gone “better” for us. Unfortunately, this new year doesn’t come with a time machine, allowing us to go back and fix our mistakes. No, the new year offers us something far greater. It is a chance to move forward with new knowledge and wisdom gained from experience.

I’d like to ask you to take another minute of reflection and think of your best moments from last year.

Were they times spent with family?
Were they times you succeeded at a goal?
Times you felt close to the Lord?

Whatever they were, they probably didn’t involve winning an argument, eating the last slice of pie, or getting back at the crazy driver who cut you off.

As you jump into this year, remember your triumphs. Remember the moments that mattered. Use them as tools in the new year to help you discern what is important, and what will be just another forgotten day in a year from now. We have the chance to love like never before, to dream new dreams, and to step into an incredible new adventure.

In many ways, today isn’t any different from yesterday. It’s another day, given to you by God as a gift. He’s given you the opportunity to choose how you will respond to it.

1 comment:

  1. Amen. We may continue to face the consequences of poor decisions made by us or by others last year, or even before that. But, our future is not our past. The fears that threaten our future are only temporary, even if they come to pass. They will also pass. They can only last as long as the vapor of our life. So, we should not fear this new year. Our joy is the hope that is to come. Our future starts now and continues into eternity. Each year brings us closer to the hope that is resolved to be our future.