Happy New Year

It’s a new year. All I can say is, “Thank you, Lord.” Last year brought a lot of heartache for my family and me, and I’m looking and praying for hope in this new year.

Have you thought about what you want to accomplish this year? Your resolutions? We’ll get to those next post. For now though, let’s think about the year as a whole. Let’s use the imagery of skiing. Imagine that you’re at the top of a ski slope and you’re looking down on the year ahead. Ask yourself these questions:

  • As you look over the course of the year, what do you see?
  • Does the slope look green, blue, or black?
  • Does it have smooth slopes or a bunch of moguls (no, Harry Potter fans, I’m not referring to muggles, although both can be quite a pain) everywhere?
  • What kind of terrain can you see? Freshies, powder, slush?
  • Did you wear the right gear? Do you feel prepared for the year ahead?

You see, when it comes to thinking ahead, the moment seems quiet. You’re at the top of the slope, and all you see around you are peaks of bright, powdery mountains, and it’s quiet. It seems peaceful and then you start down the mountain. Gliding along until you face unexpected circumstances. This year will no doubt throw you some curve balls, but don’t be distracted by the unexpected or become stuck by what caught you off guard.

I’m not sure what your faith is or if you have a faith, but I believe that everyone needs prayer. You have so much to offer this world, and I’m praying that you will be healthy in every aspect of your life, that you will find your voice, and that you will use it to strengthen this world. May God bless you and keep you, and may Christ show you his strength and hope.