Here we stand at the threshold of the New Year. 2015 has passed and packed away, living only in the attic of memories. Looking ahead to 2016, I can guarantee one thing: a lot of living will go into it.
How will it turn out? Only God knows. This chapter may be drama. Perhaps it will be romance. Action adventure. Comedy. Tragedy. Mystery.
Next December, upon reflection, you will be able to describe the events of 2016 – but not now. The best you can do is throw your shoulders back, trust God, and march right in.
You see, although you don’t know anything about the upcoming months, God does – and He will be with you as you travel from mountain top to valley. Nobody knows what tomorrow holds, but we do know WHO holds tomorrow.
Sometimes, in lonely moments, it feels as if we are alone, but God has promised never to leave you or forsake you – even in the darkest hours.
An anonymous writer captured this idea with these inspiring words:
I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied, “Go out into the darkness and put your hand in the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
Transition from one year to the next calls us to:
1. Sober Reflection.
2. Sane Calculation.
3. Serious Resolution.
So, don’t let yourself. . .
Fret – when you’re doing the best you can.
Rush – when success depends on accuracy.
Assume – evil of someone unless you have the facts.
Judge – another person’s motives.
Belittle – others with your actions and words.
Quit – in the face of difficulty
Allow -- bitterness and resentment to remain in your heart.
Make -- excuses for not doing what should be done.
Waste – time and energy on things that don’t matter.
- Thanks to my pastoral friend Mark Wilson for this idea for this post.