As New Year’s Eve approaches, every year I develop a list of “resolutions” to accomplish in the New Year. And, like clockwork, the following year I look back and see that I’ve failed on most or all accounts. I’ve resolved to save more, lose more, reach out more, write more, sing more … you get the picture. This year, I’m changing my strategy – no “more” just “best I can each day.”
I’m done with wasting time. Sadly, the majority of us squander a large portion of our lives in the pursuit of nothingness. On average, Americans will spend about 15 years of their lives watching television. I think today people spend more time on the Internet than they do watching TV. There is nothing inherently evil about watching television or being on the Internet, but it is very easy to waste time.
I think it’s a matter of perspective as we plan for the future. The attitudes we have about ourselves and others has significant impact on our day to day lives. I’ve shared about a time in my life when I felt I was in prison and angry with God about it. Then, in just a few short months felt I was in a sanctuary, eager to talk to God. Clearly, difficulties make some people bitter and other people better.
As 2017 winds down, each and every one of us have had disappointments from the year past and equal fears for the year to come. Will you be bitter or better for those disappointments? Will you let God work to change your perspective?
Join me as I dedicate each day of the coming year, one day at a time, to God as it comes, whatever the cost. As Jim Elliott, Christian missionary killed in 1956 while on mission, stated, “God always gives his best to those who leave the choice with him.”
Proverbs 19:21 “Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the Lord will stand.”