Happy New Year! What a whirlwind this year has been! You’ve laughed and you’ve cried. You have forged new relationships and let some slowly fade into the realm of fond memories. You have pushed yourself and found yourself capable of so much, and yet you know there is still so much to do.
Now, there is another year before you. This one will, again, have laughter, joy and triumph. But, it will also have tears, sorrow, frustration, and failure. People will disappoint you and you will disappoint others. I say this not so you pull away and put up a shield. Rather, I say it so you are prepared when the hard days come and you don’t put up your defenses. In this world you will have trials and tribulations…expect it and be ready.
But then, live in the moment. Relish the joys you have been given. Work hard when the opportunity presents itself, then rest well knowing you did your best. Treasure the friendships you have been given and open yourself to new friendships.
And, when the hard times comes, remember He is with you. When the failures come, remember that failure isn’t the end. Recall those words from long ago, “Saints are just the sinners who fall down and get back up.” Then, when you get back up, remember that your greatest strength is found on your knees. Speak these truths to your soul, over and over again.
Know full well that life is full of extremes, and in this coming year you will encounter them all…
Joy and Pain
Triumph and Failure
Hope and Despair
This year, I challenge you to revel in the joy, and accept help in the pain. Share the triumphs and learn from the failures. Hold on to hope and run to Him with your despair. Because in the extremes…He remains the same. Hold on to that.
Looking back over 2013, what was one of your joys? One of your pains?