on Birthdays and New Years

Photo 155Having had two family birthdays this past week all of these thoughts were crowding into my mind and now I will deliver them to you, my friend!

A birthday is a marker, a day to look at the year behind you and remember all the things that have happened in that twelve month period. Maybe your year had successes, failures, death of a loved one, perhaps an important graduation or even a marriage. Having examined it carefully you can then look forward to the twelve months ahead and in looking back you saw some things that need to be changed, some things you might do differently, a chance to start over, kind of like the way we feel on New Year’s Eve.

With Christmas behind us we say, “Here we go again” We watch Times Square, New York City, which is teeming with people who are celebrating, and from the looks of some of them, they will never remember when, nor how, the New Year came in!  Everyone will make resolutions and as usual, my own resolutions will have to do with health plans and getting myself more organized! So, Day 1 of the new year whether it is the coming 2015 or day one of your own birthday new year you say, “What will I do?”

Isaiah 43:16-21 This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves, “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?”

There it is! It has been a theme for the past few days to say that I think some of us spend way too much time thinking about things in the past. I know that I tend to think on the way things “used to be” and all it does is to tug at your heart until it drags you down, down, down into the doldrums of depression! I am going to make an effort to spend more time thinking about what I can do to improve myself on a day-to-day basis, trying to stay positive!

An old song says, “Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus, and tomorrow may never be mine, so help me today, show me the way, One Day at a Time” I think the author of that song must have read Matthew 6:34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”  Start a new day, week, job, year, whichever applies, on a positive note by deciding that you will not worry about things but take them to the Lord in prayer and remember 1 Peter 5:6-7 “So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.”

Whether God calls you, or one of your loved ones home we need to be ready and tell people Jesus is coming soon and probably sooner than any one could have imagined! You probably remember hearing that phrase for all of your life, but this is the only time we can say it knowing that all the prophecies concerning the coming of the Lord have been fulfilled!

Read Jesus’ words, Matthew 24:29-36 “Following those hard times, Sun will fade out, moon cloud over, Stars fall out of the sky, cosmic powers tremble. “Then, the Arrival of the Son of Man! It will fill the skies—no one will miss it. Unready people all over the world, outsiders to the splendor and power, will raise a huge lament as they watch the Son of Man blazing out of heaven. At that same moment, he’ll dispatch his angels with a trumpet-blast summons, pulling in God’s chosen from the four winds, from pole to pole. “Take a lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner. So it is with you: When you see all these things, you’ll know he’s at the door. Don’t take this lightly. I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for all of you. This age continues until all these things take place. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out. “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels not even the Son. Only the Father knows.”

In Luke 19:13 we are told “Occupy till I come”  and as I approach my own birthday on Christmas Day which is only a week away from the new year, I intend to do just that, how about you?

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