Thoughts for a New Year

As we welcome 2013 into our lives, I’m sure we all wonder what this new year will bring. We know there will be joys and sorrows, arrivals and departures as well as many surprises along the way. None of us can predict exactly what will come . . . and when we try to we usually embarrass ourselves. Like back in 1967 when “experts” predicted that technology would shorten the work week by the year 2000 to 22 hours and we would only need to work 27 weeks a year. They declared that our biggest problem would be in deciding what to do with all our “free time”.

Such predictions are embarrassingly wrong most of the time . . . but there are some words that are always appropriate for each new year. Not surprisingly, such words are found in the Bible:

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17).

Our time in this world is not unlimited . . . so we need to use it . . . wisely . . . in harmony with God’s will! May God help us to use the 8760 hours of this year in a way that produces the most good fruit for Him. — Joe

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