The start of the new year is a funny thing. Television shows run their “best of” episodes. Radio stations play a highlight real of the previous year. News crews spend time recapping the biggest news makers. Then just as quickly each one turns their attention to how to make the most of the coming year. I can not tell you how many stories I have heard on losing weight and getting in shape (which I plan to do next year by the way).
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” (James 4.13-15)
I wonder how many of us really think this way. This is not a charge to never plan for the future. It is a charge to put the future in the proper perspective. We are not in control of how life plays out. If we are honest most of us would agree we had no idea 2014 was going to turn out the way it did. Sure we had hopes and glimpses of how things might have been but we never fully grasp the depth God’s plan. Situations we called bad become the most precious moments because of God’s grace. Areas we “expected” to be be good we find better than we ever imagined.
It is an hour or so before midnight and I could not have imagined being where I am right now. I sit here waiting to ring in the new year, not pigging out on the over abundance of food I prepared (as usual), not surrounded by friends, or even at home napping while trying to stay awake for the ball to drop (this happens at my age) with my wife and daughters. Instead I am hanging out in a hospital room watching football with my dad.
I am not complaining, as a matter of fact I count it a privilege to be able to be here. See just a few weeks ago I sat with my mom and dad as the doctor explained to my dad that he has cancer. We do not know how this whole experience will turn out and we are okay with that because we know who is in charge – God. For now we take each day as it comes and enjoy it.
My point is not all doom and gloom. What I hope you realize is the uncertainty of life at least from our perspective. Go ahead set goals for 2015. Dream big for the next year. Still do not forget those around you. Take time to love them well. Above all make God part of your plan because you are part of His and have always been. I have no idea what tomorrow, next week or the next year will hold but I know God is sovereign and He loves us like crazy.
So what will I do in 2015? Whatever the Lord wills….(oh and hopefully lose weight and get in shape)