I Am The New Year


By Pastor Barry Black

“…the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.” Deuteronomy 11.12

I will help you to say goodbye to the previous year filled with “yesterdays” and comprised of
Disappointments and surprises
Losses and gains
Failures and Successes
Defeats and victories

A year which may be remembered by recalling…
Fleeting moments
Delightful memories and good times
The sobering reality of missed opportunity
The insight gained from daily living
The unexpected surprise of reconnecting with old friends.
The joy of sins forgivenGolden words fitly spoken (Proverbs 25:11)
And the fruit of obedience and pleasing the Lord

Yes, the old year is a time in which we can recall with gratitude…
Blessings, protection, and rewards from the Providential hand of God
Grace that was sufficient for our every need
Mercy received when justice would have
just as easily been fitting for us.
And realizing that even bad things that happened
could have been worse…much worse.

May your past productively transition to the future as you experience…
The warm daylight of lessons hard learned,
and the fading sunset of the pain that was long
endured while living through them.
The priceless value found in genuine friends,
and the sober understanding of the shackles of
superficial people who merely use us.

The glorious journey of…
The unmatched wealth in reading and studying the Bible
The unparalleled stability of Christian fellowship
And the unrivaled enjoyment of serving the Lord.
And as you experience the wise departure from…
The comfortable enticement of procrastination
The deceptive decoy of excuses
The childish pleasure of pettiness
And the dull applause of mediocrity.

I am…
The challenge of new goals
The desire for spiritual growth
The continual burden for lost souls
The anticipation of answered prayer
And the eager expectation of Christ’s soon return for His Bride,
the Church.

I am the New Year,
I may only be lived one moment at a time.
I am replete with the unknown and rife with…
Opportunities to trust
Unexpected moments of blessing and delight
Satisfaction for spiritual truth and hunger
Motivations to give of your time and effort to people and projects
And the joy and privilege of serving the Lord in new and exciting ways.


Copyright 2015 Barry Black.