Wasn’t it just yesterday that the entire world worried their gigabytes off because the page was turning over to the year 2000 and all of those ‘experts’ predicted a major catastrophe as we reached Y2K? Y2K, the year 2000.
Well, of course the year 2000 arrived and passed by without a glitch. And here we are 15 years later welcoming in another new year. It’s true what my wise Daddy used to say that the older you became the faster the years flew by. And we’ve just put another year on the back shelf.
What lies ahead is anyone’s guess but I know one thing. We will fill up those empty spaces on the calendar with the everyday task of living if the Lord gives us a year full of new days. But just living is not how I want to spend these blank spaced days on my calendar of life.
I want to fill those days with wonder. With joy. With love. With exuberance. With amazement. With opportunity. With thanksgiving (yes, I haven’t given up that word yet).
In years past, I either chose or was given a new word for each year – a word that might manifest itself in some way to prove amazing or noteworthy as it worked its way through the pages of my life. Sometimes I struggled with those words – the ones like peace, strength, growth.
This year, I haven’t chosen a word nor has one come across the crowded desk of my mind for me to take notice. Out of the thousands and thousands of words in my native English language, I haven’t claimed one for my own. And not a word has settled upon me and laid claim to me either.
Instead perhaps I should choose a different word for each day of the new year. After all, a new year – one that’s sparkling clean with no dings or dents, no marks or notations, no regrets or regressions – presents itself for new ideas, new revelations, new…everything.
I’m not one for making resolutions every year. I usually fail miserably at them, so I stopped torturing myself years ago. But even though I don’t make resolutions, I do have resolve. And though my slate is empty right now and my calendar is clear for the time being, I know there’s one thing I plan to muster up enough resolve to do this year.
I will take each fresh new day as it comes and see what the Lord will show me on that day because even when I can’t be completely faithful, God is. Morning by morning, new mercies I’ll see.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” ~ Lamentations 3:22-24 (NIV)
What about you? How will you fill your new calendar in this brand new year?
“Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.” ~ Charles Kettering