Friday, January 24, 2020

The New Year

By Ron Thomas

     The last day of the year is fast approaching! The New Year is but around the corner. Do you look forward to the New Year or are you dreading the change in dates because of check-signing or some other reason?
     To me, the New Year is just another date on the calendar that means little. It’s one day closer to Spring, one day further along than the first day of Winter. It has been popular for generations to speak of resolutions for the New Year, so what will be your resolution or resolutions? Mine will be the same as it has been the last number of decades, that is, to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world (cf. Titus 2:11-12). I know I can and should do much better.
     The upcoming New Year is a time for me to have a bit of reflection. What have I done? If it were not for my desk calendar and office-time sheet that I make each week, I am not sure if I could say what it is that I have done. I live with the habit of letting yesterday stay where it belongs (putting it out of my mind) and moving forward to the next day and the many following. I use my calendar to schedule appointments, set up Bible studies, visit with preachers, encourage the widows and widowers and many other appointments like doctor appointments, civic clubs obligations and the always favorite, dental appointments!
     If there is a New Year’s resolution I think I will make, it will be to do more of the same. I guess that is not a resolution, is it? Whether it is or not, I can say I could have done better than I did, so I think I will set my mind to do better in the new year.

- Ron Thomas preacher for the Sunrush Church of Christ, Chillicothe, OH. He may be contacted through the congregation's website.   

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