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Happy New Year?

by Tom Jones from Mind Change Moments

2015 has begun. We are nearly a week into it. Many friends have told you they hope it will be a happy one. The newness will soon wear off, but you will keep hoping that it will be just that kind of year. But will it?

Good decisions matter and often bear good fruit, but there is much about the next 360 days or so that are completely out of our control. If you have lived a few years, you know from experience how unpredictable life can be. There will likely be some pleasant surprises and some nice developments. But also, accidents happen, people are diagnosed with chronic diseases, jobs are lost, loved ones die. Bad things come out of the blue.

Happy New Year! Are we just wishing each other good luck? Are we just the recipients or victims of circumstances? Is it silly to say with the poet, “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul?”

My guess is that the new year will be like a lot of others--a mixture of “good” and “bad.” Whether it is a “happy” year is probably not the issue. More important will be the perspective we maintain through the highs and the lows. Whatever happens, God will be near (Philippians 4:5b). He will be present and at work (Romans 8:28) and he will be faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9). That being true, everyone who seeks to do God’s will can look forward to a year of growing and being blessed regardless of the turn of events.

Wish me a Happy New Year? It’s a pleasant cultural greeting. I’ll smile and thank you. But better still: Pray for me to seek first God’s rule and reign every day in 2015.

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