Restart or Continue?
The last fireworks have puffed up in smoke. Street sweepers are gathering the leftovers of empty champagne bottles, broken glass, and firecrackers. Like fleeting shadows, those who partied a bit too much are slowly making their way home with long and tired faces. Another new year's celebration has come and gone. We made it once again: it's a new year! Another year for change and new opportunities. Or a year that we start full of hopes and dreams but along the way, things still end up the same as in the previous year. What will this year be for you?
For the past 8 years or so, I have made it a tradition to spend my new year celebration in church. To pray, meditate and celebrate with fellow believers. Sometimes I opted to still go out and party after the church service and other times I would just go home to reflect on the things I had heard and let the inspiration sink in. Now, why this is important to mention is because a lot of people miss this crucial part of the new year's celebration: mapping out the next steps of your journey the right way. Anybody can celebrate and have fun but there is something significant about being part of the process of ending one year and starting a new one. Not only is it the time to express your gratitude for still being here to witness a new year but also to make that commitment to change if the whole year you just couldn't do it. It should matter and be important because not everyone is still here for the celebration.
We all talk about new year's resolutions but just think about what they signify? Some people take this lightly and just see it as a fun addition to a great party but for others, there is a deeper meaning. It is about commitment, the opportunity to do everything differently or to finally change the things they didn't have the strength or courage to change before. For some, this day is so important that they count down the days until the new year for the opportunity to make that pledge for change. So, what will this year have in store for you? What are the major things you want to accomplish this year? Have you made up your mind to impact in a big way?
Personally, I have committed to doing just that. No year should pass by without leaving at least one significant mark. God has already set the pace to live a successful life - don't miss it! "Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers." Psalm 1:1-3 NIV
Happy New Year to you and yours! May you accomplish above and beyond the things you have planned, and may you impact the people around you in a positive and significant way!