Friday, January 1, 2010
Welcome to 2010 ...
Today many people flipped a page in their calendars, like they do every day. The difference was the new page highlighted a new year, and even the start of a new decade.
It's fun to celebrate the coming of a new year. A lot of attention --- and partying --- is put into the changing of one year to another, as if we are grateful for the blessings of the past year, or happy to be rid of it for a better one! Many people strain their brains to come up with resolutions for the new year. Some will be accomplished, most won't.
Ultimately, the only real change between yesterday and today is the page on the calendar.
Just because one year, and one decade, comes to a conclusion and another begins doesn't mean there's any magical means to change. Everything isn't suddenly different. The blessings you enjoyed yesterday are likely still yours today, along with the problems that were plaguing you. The hoopla around New Year's Eve and Day is mostly just that.
That's not to say that points of time aren't good tools for measurement. The end of a year can be used to measure what was, and wasn't accomplished; what blessings were received, and what troubles were overcome. It is a good point to look forward from, to dream and plan, etc. But when all is said and done, the only point of time you actually have is today, the day God has given you now.
It doesn't take a new year to change course and pursue new things. It doesn't take a new year to get serious about doing things differently, doing things better, or bringing an end to some things. It just takes a new day!
God makes things new every day with a new day. So we should be changing every single day! Life is lived best when we make ourselves take time each day for personal reflection. And if you're about to say you're too busy to do that, then you're too busy and need to make something change so that you can look at yourself on a daily basis. Failure to do so will mean you will stack up your weaknesses, failings and troubles until you "finally get the time" for them. By then, you will have made a mountain out of a mole hill and will regret not having made the time for daily introspection.
Life is meant to be lived, and measured, one day at a time.
I hope each day of 2010 brings you fresh introspection, and God's richest blessings!