Yes, and 2013 is almost here. Actually in some parts of the world the celebrations have already begun as I type. In Rwanda, we celebrate New Year’s more than Christmas! I’m not entirely sure of the reason, but my best guess would be that many are excited to put the past behind in order to start with fresh beginnings, new hope, dreams and plans. Most church members in Kigali spend hours at church on the New Year’s Eve night through mid night, praying for the new year plans. It’s a big deal!
Many people are busy if not done already, making New Year’s resolutions and plans. We try to examine what worked/didn’t last year, and how can we do better, hopefully! I’m sure there are many phrases like I will do this or that this year etc. Of course it’s important to have a plan for things and strive to meet our good goals, like a proverb that says: “He who fails to plan, plans to fail” by Winston Churchill. However, in whatever we plan, we have to remember that, our tomorrow is out of our control. Although we pray and hope for many things, it may not go down exactly the way we planned.
Nevertheless, if you believe in God, we should be reminded that there is someone who is far smarter and stronger. The bible says: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”, Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV.
But He is also a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
If you don’t believe in the Lord Almighty, it’s probably time you think about searching your life’s purpose. No one is going to live like a mountain, this life has a visual end, we all know it. There are many things we can avoid in this life, perhaps with the money or fame! Nonetheless, death is a fair game for all, whether rich or poor, strong or weak, nice or bad, with plans or none, castle owner or homeless, struggling or have it all figured. On the other hand, the next life after this one is what matters the most.
As you make plans this week, remember to include GOD, He Who holds our future in His hands, and reward the peace makers. In your daily life, remember that even if no one will ever see or know certain things you do, no creature is hidden from God’s sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account. In your daily routine, include at least one “act of kindness”, to someone or a stranger around you! You won’t be sorry. Your reward will be GREAT in heaven.
Enjoy this song throughout 2013. May its lyrics become one of your resolutions!
Be safe and have a terrific year filled with dreams coming true.