On the other hand, most New Years turn out to be pretty much like all the other years - same routines, same cast of characters, same daily grind. We may begin with firm resolutions and a new batch of plans, but quickly enough we settle into passing the time more or less like all the previous years.
That's not a bad thing, especially if you are in the practice of seeking each day to make the most of all your time for the Kingdom of God. And if that is not your practice, then perhaps this New Year might be the one in which you begin to hanker a bit more and work a bit harder for that Kingdom-seeking priority which is the calling of every believer in Jesus Christ.
We often hear people say, "There's no time like the present," when they want to encourage us to take up some new endeavor or long-postponed duty. In fact, not only is there no time like the present, there's no time but the present. The moment that is immediately upon us is the only time we have, and it comes to us as a precious gift from God, one moment after another.
So rather than make all kinds of resolutions for the New Year, may I suggest that we focus more intently on the moment - each moment of each day - as a treasure from God to be invested for His glory? Live each moment with the same grace and strength that God gives it, and the moments of your New Year - even if they look pretty much like the moments of last year - will be richer, fuller, and more abundant in glory than any of the moments you've known in the past.
At The Fellowship of Ailbe, we thank you for your prayers and support in the year just ending, and we rejoice in the Lord to have the moments that lie ahead to serve you in the New Year to come. Pray that we will be faithful, and pray that, together, we will be more fruitful for the Kingdom of God than ever we have been before.
Additional related texts: Psalm 90.12, 16, 17; Matthew 6.33; Psalm 45.17
A conversation starter: "Happy New Year! How will you use the moments of this New Year to seek and advance the Kingdom of God?"
T. M. Moore