2014! My how time flies! I have heard that the older you get, the faster the time seems to go. I know that for me, 2013 was jammed full. Reflecting on this new year to come, the one resolve I have is to try to simplify my life.
There are some things we have no control over. My brother passed away suddenly the last week of 2012 and so the first three to four months of 2013 were focused on trying to help put his affairs in order.
In the midst of all of that, my mom's health suffered and I needed to focus quite a bit of time and energy to help her regain her health (which she has pretty much done, thank the Lord).
Then, sometimes you just make a decision to do something and it ends up taking up a lot more time, resources and emotional energy than you planned or even thought possible. If you followed my column this past year — I did just that with an old mobile home that I decided to buy and renovate for a rental (my other business venture).
Hindsight is 20/20, so they say. If I had the insight I do now, I certainly would not have tackled that project.
It is finally done and rented, but it just about broke me and wore me out (I did a lot of the work in it myself).
I do not know what 2014 holds for me or anyone else specifically. There are a lot of “predictions” from every segment of our society –— from religious to political. I have heard or read a lot –— both positive and negative.
It would be easy to take a gloomy outlook, with all the facts and figures that are available. Or, we could just hide our heads in the sand and declare “all is right with the world” — at least my little corner seems to be doing just fine — and take an unrealistic stance by remaining apathetic, uninvolved and uncaring about others who are suffering.
As my mom and I were praying together on New Year’s Day, our hearts were very grateful to the Lord for the many blessings He has allowed us to experience.
We live in a comfortable home, can afford to heat or cool it, always have plenty to eat (too much especially during the past holiday season), and have adequate clothing, transportation and just about every other amenity we consider necessary or important.
We also have a loving, caring family and this past year has brought out (for the most part) the best in everyone in the midst of some difficult circumstances.
Our church family and extended family are so dear to us. We have so many wonderful friends, so many precious memories.
Most of all, our Savior continues to become more dear to us and we continue to ask Him to help us know Him even more and to share His wonderful love with others who cross our path.
So, as we begin a new year, may the peace and joy that can only be found in an abiding relationship with the Lord Jesus, be yours.
Pursue Him, no matter what “hand” life deals you this year. Remember, this temporal life is not all there is. We are in preparation for an absolutely glorious future.
There may be some “bumps” (or boulders) in the road ahead, but He is able to make all things work together for our good. His desire is that we will allow Him to use life circumstances to prepare us for that glorious future.
Fasten your seat belts. 2014 has begun.