This Sunday is January 1, 2012. 2012!!!!!! Good-bye 2011. This year has felt exceptionally fast to me. But I always love to see a new year. New Years is one of my favorite psychological holidays. I love assessing the previous year and doing two things. One, expressing gratitude for the things God has blessed me with or done within the past year. And second, saying “adios” (that is Spanish for “don’t let the door hit you on the way out“) everything, anything, and anyone that I don’t want to carry into my New Year. It could be a life habit, a sin, a disappointment, grief, anger, a situation, a pattern of thought, a way of doing things, a person who is a negative drain on my life, etc.
After appropriately assessing the past year and doing those two things – I’m ready for a new year! And with it, whatever I’m resolved (yes…I’m really into the New Year’s Resolutions) to see in the coming year. I know not everyone is a resolution person. And that is OK. You have your language I have mine. What will be constant for the both of us will be intentionality. You won’t accidentally or haphazardly experience growth or movement in any area of your life without vision, intention, or means. And that is what I resolve as I look into a new year.
And I think the Scriptures have a lot to share in regards to this twofold movement – looking back and going forward; letting go and moving on.
That is what we will do on Sunday.
P.S. We will not be having a 9:00 am service. We will have two Sunday morning service times – 10:30 & 11:55 am. Enjoy your extended sleep.