“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” T.S. Eliot
“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.” C.S. Lewis
Paul and I were talking about some temporary setbacks this morning – little annoyances that seem to creep into our lives and send us into a tizzy. For example, with the terribly cold temperatures this week, the pipes leading to our kitchen sink froze and we’ve been trying to deal with it, without having to call a plumber. Yesterday, we came home to a sick dog – again, and since he is getting older, the first thing we think of is serious illness and possibly losing this loved animal which has become part of our lives.
These are little things, that peck away at your confidence and faith, yet they gnaw away at us. All throughout our marriage, we’ve struggled financially – we’ve dealt with illness – we’ve watched many of our dear friends pass away this year- we’ve discovered that downsizing was a good thing, but we still have to work in order to pay all of our expenses. The devil loves to tap into our weaknesses. He knows what gets under our skin and he uses those things to pull us away from the One who can change all our circumstances if we simply ask.
Entering a new year is like entering a new chapter. You feel you can start over – get right with the world and God – flip a new page and look forward instead of back. The past, however, has a way of creeping into your mind and hanging on.
This past week, we enjoyed the pleasure of having our S. Carolina family with us. It was a time of enjoyment, laughter, fun and just getting caught up. When they left yesterday, my heart cried and so did my eyes. We will be seeing them again in the spring when our oldest grandson graduates from college, but still the tears flowed, until I came upon this Bible passage:
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Those words give me confidence to open the door to the future. God has a plan for each of us and it will be great. With every day, we come one step closer to eternity. That means death will no longer stalk us – we will live forever without worry, pain or tears – we will inherit the Kingdom of God – we will experience perfection.
The past has been filled with blessings for all of us and we can find them everywhere. Sometimes it takes longer to find them, but they’re there. They’re the things which push us forward. Letting go of the mistakes, the bumbles, the misplaced judgment, the self-righteousness and turning instead to our Creator, we’re guaranteed a better tomorrow. Look forward with faith in Christ, Jesus, the One who made eternal life possible for all.
HAPPY NEW CHAPTER!