With the beginning of a new year we are so caught up in the celebration of welcoming the New Year we tend to forget the memories of the year gone by. People always make up resolutions for the New Year, but never think about what they have learnt. So as I sit here with my glass of Merlot and contemplate the beginning of yet another year, I try to put in focus what I’ve experienced over the past twelve months and evaluate how I can further implement these lessons in my life for the future.
In retrospect, the past twelve months have been the most challenging and trying of my life so far. A family member has fallen gravely ill, my faith has been tested in various aspects of my daily life, plus I’ve made mistakes which have cost me dear friends.
In some ways the past year has been one in which I feel like looking up to the heavens and yelling ‘WHY!’ in frustration while at the same time kicking myself for the things I have said and done. But I suppose that is life, and since it’s impossible to go back and undo what has been done we can only learn from our mistakes.
This coming year I will attempt to be more positive, concentrate less on my selfish ambitions and thoughts, and try to be a better friend, son, and example of my faith.
Who knows what this year has in store for me; but whatever it may be, may I take it in stride knowing that it will all work out for the best, may I learn to love life more, and may I put aside my selfish motivations and thoughts. May I live each day as if it is my last, making the best of every moment God has given me and may I better appreciate those around me.
Here’s to another year!
The Book of Life is made up of many chapters; some are comedies, others horror, some are even dramatic, or tragedies, while some contain heart warming words of wisdom and love. In some sense the genre of our life is up to us, and we hold the pen which will make its mark upon those pages.
Sometimes the words are written on soft, cotton-like paper while others feel like they have been painfully etched into our hearts. The difficult part is living through the experiences which make up these stories. Naturally we wish our lives to be a romantic comedy where heart break and sadness are foreign emotions and hatred is a forbidden word. The reality of it all is that these experiences, however painful some may be, is what makes us stronger and teaches us the valuable lessons life has to bestow upon us.
We all make mistakes which end up cascading hurt and pain onto others, but actions cannot be undone, and the act of removing the dagger from someone else’s heart is equally as painful as the act which put it there. The only remedy is asking for forgiveness and the painkiller is only effective when forgiveness is granted. Albeit it years before one is able to grant such forgiveness, it is only then that full healing can take place.
Some chapters may have unsolved mysterious conclusions which can only be written years later after much contemplation. However, the one lesson life has to teach you, and with which your book must end, is that no matter how difficult the story is to write, in the end you will be all right. It may be years from now, but eventually you will realize the lesson life was teaching you during that difficult time. And only when the majestic epilogue to your life is complete will you appreciate even these painful experiences and the sequence of events as you realize how the pieces all fell into place to reveal the true, deep and satisfying meaning of your life.
Most importantly, may we use these difficult times to realize the need we have for salvation and grace from a forgiving and unconditionally loving God.
Winning is Giving
Winning is giving you best self away
Winning is serving with grace every day
You’ll know that you’ve won when your Friends say it’s tru
“I like who I am, when I’m around you.
You look for the best in the other you see
And you help us become who we’re trying to be.”
Winning is helping someone who’s down
It’s sharing a smile instead of a frown.
Winners are willing to give more than get
Their favours are free, you’re never in debt.
Winning is giving one hundred percent
It’s paying your dues, your taxes, your rent
It’s trying and doing, not crying and stewing.
Winners respect every colour and creed
They share and they care for everyone’s need.
The losers keep betting that winning is getting
But there’s one of Gods’ laws that they keep forgetting
And this is the Law you can live and believe
The more that you give, the more you’ll receive!