I am always amazed, when I look back at the past, at how much can happen in one year. Many memorable moments were had. There were many changes in the lives of family and friends. So many new faces have come and so many sweet faces have disappeared. There were achievements and failures, rejoicings and sorrows, trips, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, milestones, highlights, turning points, and life-changing decisions. Speaking of happenings in the year, the one thing I hate most about facebook is the occasional past photos that popup for you to repost showing how you looked one year ago. A lot happened in one year, even in my body and face.
There is a point to this reflection. Will I let another year whiz by without some thoughts of what I want to happen in these next eleven months? This is not about goals. It’s about planning for somethings to happen this year instead of just drifting aimlessly through it. I could plan for change. I could decide what I want to ask from God. I could map a course that would improve my relationship and commitment to God, family, and friends. I could plant some seeds that will produce fruit to enjoy in future years. I could grow, and build, and live, and breath and be.
I don’t really know what I’m saying. I guess I need to think about it for a while. You know, before this year is gone, while there is time. Maybe, I’ll pray about it. Here is a good prayer to begin the year.
Psalm 17:5-8 “Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip. I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; incline Your ear to me and hear my speech. Show Your marvelous loving kindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You from those who rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of Your eye: Hide me under the shadow of Your wings.”