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Stumbling Into the New Year
1/13/2016 11:02:06 AM by: Susan Lyttek

I’ve had an awkward beginning to this year. I had most of this post written since it was due to be posted on January 2nd, but I haven’t had the motivation to finish it. Today is January 13, 2016, and I will finish this and get it uploaded.

The advent of a new calendar year always assaulted me with a whole host of emotions and mixed reactions. Maybe it’s because my birthday is less than a week later, so I feel old. Maybe it’s because it shows me that Christmas, my favorite time of the year, is nearly over.

Endings are never easy. Welcoming a new year means saying goodbye to the blessings and trials of the previous one. The life I have known wasn’t necessarily fun or good all of the time, but I KNEW it. There is something calming and reassuring about the known.

This whole transition season confounds me. The emotions, attitudes and ambitions crash in like waves during a storm.

If you have ever seen the beach after a storm, it is covered with things that might not normally be there. Some of the items might be classified as treasures, particularly to dedicated beach combers, but much of it is trash. Still other items could become either depending on how the person scouring its surface views the item.

OK, now let’s take this image into the spiritual.

If you look at your beach after the storm of the holidays and the threat of the unknown, you might see it littered with the trash including the fear of failure, fear of success, bad memories, worry, and other sins galore.

But the book of Philippians tells us to focus on the good. Verse 4:8 “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.” (HCSB)

So let’s dig for the treasures that God wants us to cling to.

Treasure 1: God has it all under control. God sees all, knows all, and has already seen our yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows. Nothing we will face will take Him by surprise.

Treasure 2: Still breathing? That means God has a purpose for you. God has a reason for every person he creates. If you can’t think of another purpose, you at least have this command: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150:6, NKJV)

I’ll see if I can dig for some more treasures for a later post.

In the meanwhile, I apologize for the post delay and Happy New Year!

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