It’s nearly 2017! Yikes! Where has 2016 gone?
We often look to a new year as a source of hope to bring about change in our lives. The new year is going to be great! Out with the old, in with the new! But what about the previous 12 months? What happened in those 365 days? It seems the old year gets kicked to the curb! Didn’t anything good happen in the old year? Why does the new year get all the glory and a party?
Instead of a new year celebration, how about a celebration of the old year? How about a party where everyone congratulates the old year? Yay old year! Good job old year! (can you hear me blowing one of those loud party favor gizmos?) Woo hoo!
You might think I’m kidding here, but I’m really not. It’s rather sad when all we hear is how bad this year was and how much we need a new year to make life all better again. Maybe, just maybe, we don’t need a new year as much as we need a new attitude. If we always focus on the negative, how on earth can we find gratitude in the positive things that come our way?
I get it, really I do. We all have bad days, weeks, or even months. But, we also have good days, weeks, and months! We have a choice. We can look back at the bad times and hope a new year will make it better, or we can look back on the good times and look forward to more of those.
Maybe you’ve had exceptionally bad days. I don’t begin to discount enormous hurt or life altering situations. I don’t expect anyone to celebrate tragedy. If this is you, please send me a private message so I can be in prayer for you. And, if you feel this a safe place, let others know in the comments so we can all be in prayer for you.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Here’s what I’m purposing. Instead of making the usual list of boring new year resolutions, let’s make a list of all the things we are thankful for in the old year? It wasn’t all bad, was it? I’ll start.
I am thankful for many things, but I am most thankful for the ability to love and to be loved by my family, friends and most importantly, my Lord and Savior.
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
On a lighter note, I am also quite thankful for coffee, tea, and chocolate. Oh, and peanut butter!
Your turn! What are you remembering from 2016 with fondness and joy and look forward to the same in 2017?
Heavenly Father, we thank You for all of the goodness You bring into our lives. We ask for peace and comfort for those who have suffered and struggled of late. Please bring them joy to replace sorrow and pain. Please, Lord, help us to always focus on the more positive side of life and help us to bring light into dark places. In the matchless name of our Lord, Savior, and Friend, amen.
In His embrace,