well said. :)
I have seen 23 New Years in my life. Most likely I was aware of 17 of those. I probably feel asleep before midnight for 8 of them, 3 were spent stuffing my face at the shrimp ring until I conceded defeat to my allergies, and 1 was spent downtown “partying”. They’re all the same. Call me a killjoy but as soon as the new year begins, everyone starts acting like they’ve never experienced this little phenomenon of a calendar change.
If you really want to make resolutions that stick, make them every morning when you wake up. We get second chances every day that we’re not even aware of. The start of a new calendar year shouldn’t be the only time we ever suddenly realize we’ve got room for self-improvements. Check your heart every day.
If you have something on your mind or your heart, say it out loud as soon as you feel it. Be kind. Let a car cut in front of you. Swear under your breath less. Stop criticizing your body. Eat popcorn more often. Whatever it is that you’re planning on doing, it’s between you and God so tell Him about it and let everyone else mind their own business. He’s probably the best accountability partner you can find.
My favourite new year memory was 1999 approaching the dreaded 2000. My mother was convinced that the doom of Y2K was imminent and she had been stockpiling things in our basement like a squirrel. We had everything, just in case. 2000 rolled around and I don’t know if she was expecting some kind of mass explosion, power failure, or civilian unrest but it was pretty anticlimactic to say the least. Nothing happened.
The best part is that we still have a lot of those things sitting in storage, waiting to be used. I’m sure we’ll get to that last can of beans someday…
So it’s a new year. So what? Set a world record or just make it through your last year of school…just don’t pull a Y2K and do absolutely nothing.
As Jesus is the son, so too is he reflected in the sun, that warms the Earth, for he gives us warmth and life. As such, for the times that dark rain clouds block him and keep us from seeing him, always remember that these clouds will come to pass.
When one stays in the sun so long, they sometimes forget the amazing warmth that surrounds them, for they are so immersed in its goodness.
Thus, when God brings forth that impending rain, it is not as a punishment of any form, but simply because he loves you so much that he wants to show you even more at the end of it all…
—Stelle’s Collection of Warm Fuzzy (via uhululu)
and God is love.