By Ann Mann
As I look ahead to a new year, I wonder where does the time go? It seems like yesterday my sweet grandbaby was born. But now he is already trying to walk. How does time pass so quickly?
It seems like yesterday my husband and I were moving in to our house in Barnesville. We were excited for a fresh opportunity in a new town serving a new church. And now, more than a year later, I am still staring at the same boxes lining the walls of my house. Boxes I still have not unpacked.
Maybe this is the year I will actually unpack the boxes and clean out my garage. I hope so. I really want to find those bottles of sand from beaches around the world. I love looking at them. And now, I have some sand to add to the collection from my 40th anniversary cruise.
What about you? What kind of plans are you making for the new year?
Every new year, and really, every new day is an opportunity for a fresh start. Of course, there are the obvious goals we aim for each year. Eat right. Exercise. Do a better job managing our finances. And those are great goals.
But perhaps there is an even more important goal. A goal that, if we get this one right, everything else will fall into place. I am talking about the goal of living in right relationship with Jesus.
When Christ is at the center of all we think, say, and do, everything else seems to fall into place. Even the rough patches are more manageable, because we are centered on what matters most: the love of Christ.
I am not one for making new year’s resolutions. But I am a big fan of taking stock of where I am, and where I am headed. Sometimes, in these moments of reflection, I realize a course correction is in order.
It is far too easy to get off track in this world of distractions. And so, each year I take a step back. I glance through my checkbook and ask, where did I spend my money? I glance through my calendar and ask, where did I spend my time? And I pray over all of it.
The new year is about looking ahead to what is possible. And it is also about looking back and reflecting on where we have been, and what we God has done.
As the old year draws to a close, like me, you are probably asking where does the time go! So, here we are at the start of a new year. It is a fresh opportunity to be intentional about how we live each day.
I read quote from Bishop John.H. Vincent. It was found in one of his calendars. Here is what he wrote, “A resolve for every morning of the new year. I will this day try to live a simple, sincere, and serene life, repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity and self-seeking, cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence, exercising economy in expenditure, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a child-like trust in God.”
I think he has the right idea. And if we live like this, with Christ at the center of all we think, say, and do, then we will have fewer regrets, even as we wonder where the time goes.