The Gift of a New Year

Luke 6:38

Give, and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Here we are at the close of another year. I always feel sort of giddy as Father Time transports me into another New Year. Looking back there have been hard times, and sad happenings, but the good things of life far outshine the bad. I am blessed. I certainly haven’t done anything to deserve these blessings, or the promise of another moment, much less another year, but I’m thankful for each and every second.

Regardless of what I might, or might not deserve here I am on the threshold of 2015. What will the days unfold? Will the continued warmth of good health shine upon my family, or will the dreaded “C” word invade our lives as it has some of my dearest friends?

I could worry about the days ahead, but I choose to look for the good things, to search out the marvelous mysteries and mazes of life. To appreciate the sunrise even though I don’t enjoy the early rising. To smile at the gray in my hair and be thankful that chemo treatments have not taken the strands away. To look at the few extra pounds that seem to camp out around my middle and be hopeful that those love handles can be worked off, why, because I’m healthy enough to exercise.

One of the most amazing things about this year has been that my husband (who retired last year) and I have not poisoned each other. I must admit the first few weeks, okay, months of him looking over my shoulder every minute were a bit smothering, but we have become accustomed to each others never ceasing presence and all is well. In fact we are gearing up for a new adventure in life that hopefully will come together in the coming year. I’ll tell you more about that later, but it has a lot to do with being outside, camping, and hiking. Sounds like me doesn’t it?

What will the New Year bring? Are there resolutions that I need to write down and stick to? Of course, my list would be endless, but I’m not the resolution making kind of gal.

Why should we say we’re going to go on a diet on January 1st? What’s wrong with right now? The same can be said for all of our bad habits. The human side of us longs to put off the unpleasant things in life, to postpone cleaning out those messy and dirty closets in our houses, and in our hearts.

Why do we make such a big deal out of a New Year? Shouldn’t we be living everyday the way God would like for us to? We should be helpful and kind to one another, or as my preacher says, We need to love up on peopleIMG_0715.

Luke 6:38 says, Give and it shall be given unto you. I truly believe this. So if I were to make a New Year’s Resolution it would be one thing: Give more of my time to God, and all other things will be measured unto me, again, and again, and again.

Happy New Year!

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diedre January 7, 2015 at 10:57 am

What a lovely post, Sarah!
My dog, dear lady! Chemo? and here I was still worried about that spider bite! May that brilliant light within your soul illuminate your path to wellness.
Aren’t new chapters exciting? I can’t wait to read about your next adventures – should someone warn the fish you’re coming?
Happy Camping!

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