Once again, it’s New Year’s Adam, which precedes New Year’s Eve, which itself precedes 2016.
For better or worse, 2015 is coming to an end.
For some of you, it’s a year to remember and you wish it could go on a little longer.
For some, it’s a year to forget and it can end quickly enough.
For most of us, it’s been a mixed bag of blessings and hardships, of joys and sorrow, of good days and bad days.
My boss where I worked previously used to say that any day without a toe tag is a good day. I take it to mean that any day that you wake up is already a good one. Any day you get a chance to be alive is better than all those yet to come that you may or may not get.
As a believer, I do believe that death is only a gateway to greater joy than I can possibly imagine. To be absent from the body, wrote the Apostle Paul, is to be present with Jesus. I believe that.
I also believe that life here and now is too precious to be wasted on fretting about what might have been or what could be. As one of my new favorite movie quotes says, “There’s no present like the time.”
“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been” (Rainer Maria Rilke).
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier'” (Alfred Lord Tennyson).
Best of all, with Jesus every moment and every breath is a second chance to start over and be the person you always wanted to be, the person God made you to be.