Encouragement, Life's Journey

Happy New Year


…..January 3, 2015


It’s hard to believe, but we are entering the fifteenth year of the Twenty-First Century.  

  • We’ve all heard the stories of those who were concerned about problems and electronics failing as we entered the beginning of this century and now we are fourteen full years into the new millennium.
  • What a time to be alive, but also what responsibilities we have before us.

This is always a special time of year with an identity of its own. 

  • No big holiday to celebrate except the start of another year.
  • But for me and I hope for you; this can be a memorable time of year.
  • It’s a time of reflection and a time of new beginnings.
  • What has the past year brought into your life, and what lies ahead?
  • What will you do for the Lord, your family, your friends and for yourself this year?

For some last year was a good year. For some it was a difficult and for others it was both.  

  • Let’s not grieve over lost opportunities or our mistakes of 2014, but rather use them as learning experiences for 2015.
  • Time is never wasted if knowledge is gained from it.

There is an interesting story about a man who recounts the many up and down experiences of his life to a friend.  This friend would respond with either “that’s good” or “that’s bad”.  The old man in his wisdom responded to his friend with this saying:  “we don’t know whether it is good or bad, because we don’t know the outcome yet.”

For each of us this New Year is a blank page.  It is up to us to put a part of the story of our lives upon this page.  

  • When you look back at the close of this present year, what will be written upon it?
  • The power of the pen is in your hand.
  • True, God is in control; but you are the chosen author to fill this page.
  • Will you decide to write of mystery, romance, commitment, laughter or disillusionment, anger and regret.


Some make new year’s resolutions.  PersonallyI don’t care much for them. There’s something so stern and defeating about that word.

  • Instead, I prefer to set goals.
  • A goal is something that you continually reach for.  If you miss it you don’t give up, you just try again.
  • A goal is the end result of a specific project.
  • Make your goals simple and then set your mind to make them a part of each day and each week.

For many years Isaiah 50:7 has been both an encouragement and a challenge to my life “…For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.”  kjv

  • Don’t set too many goals or ones that are too difficult at this time.
  • Keep your list short and simple. If you expect too much of yourself, you will be defeated before you even get started.

For all of us there is much to look forward to, and much to accomplish with this fresh page before us. 


Think about keeping a short written record of this one year in your life.  You might be surprised at what God can do with you and through you.

A year from now we will be doing the same thing again.  It’s a privilege to see the close of an old year and the dawning of a new one.

May each one of us use the days before us wisely and profitably.


“There is not comparison between

that which is lost by not succeeding

and that which was lost by not trying.” 



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