Monday, January 7, 2013

Resolve to live each day of 2013 for the Lord

          New Year's Eve and Day are associated with many traditions.  For some, it just wouldn't be New Years if they didn't watch the ball drop in Times Square in New York City at the end of each year.  There are also the traditional New Year's parties accompanied by champagne, party hats, noise makers and confetti.
You can't escape the ushering in of the new year without at least thinking about some sort of resolution.  "This year, I'm going to lose that twenty pounds I've put on."  "This year, I'm going to stop smoking - again." "This year, I plan to get back to my exercise program, just as soon as I finish my year end reports, do my taxes.
When we usher in a new year, it is also customary to look back and look ahead to the future.  I don't care who we are, I'm sure, that there have been times when you wish you could go back and have another chance to live some part of your life over again.  This is what happened to Bill Murray in the movie, "Ground Hog's Day."  He not only lived Ground Hog's Day over but he lived it over and over and over again.
While we certainly would not want to live just one day over and over, hundreds or thousands of times, we have had the desire to go back and redo some part of our past.  How often don't we say, "If only I had done this or said that?" Or, "I could kick myself for not....."   All of these expressions express the desire to go back and redo or undo something we have done or said.  The problem is that we can't.  The past is behind us.
As God's child, we have the blessed comfort of knowing that no matter what happened in the past God was there to bless us.  He's forgiven our sins.  He turned our troubles into blessings as He promised.  So, bottom line, we don't need to go back and redo anything.
When we think of the future, we may have mixed feelings.  Will the new year and beyond be good or not?  Will the new year be filled with joys or heart aches, good times or bad? Here again we have the comforting promises of God.  We can face the future without fear for we know God will be with us and he will bless all we do.  He will help us with our problems; give us strength when we are weak; take us to glory when our lives our done.  What a glorious future awaits the child of God!
          What we need to focus on is the present.  We can't go back to the past.  The future is in God's hands.  Let us, therefore, direct our attention to the present.  This is the moment God has given us.  This is the time we have to live for him.  Now is the time to share his Word with others.  Today is the day to walk in the path of righteousness.  Now is the time to turn to God in prayer.  Don't wait to give thanks to God. Do it today. Now is the time to rejoice over your Savior. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).