Mark Twain said, “The only person who likes change is a wet baby”. The new year is bound to bring about change whether we like it or not. It is inevitable, like death and taxes.
My husband does not like New Year’s Eve. He says it is depressing. I’m not sure if that makes him a pessimist. For him, it is a let down. Twelve months of planning and initiative that didn’t end with the big bang he thought it should.
I like New Year’s Eve. Not the parties, but the idea of being able to start over. It is a new chance to do something bigger and better.
But this year we have swapped roles. I don’t know why I am sad to see 2012 end. We had a good year. My family had a good year. My congregation is doing well. We are finally climbing out of the financial hole we fell in when my husband lost his job. We are healthy and happy.
There were some dreams I had for 2012 that didn’t happen. So, perhaps 2012 ending leaves me feeling like a failure. I know some of those dreams can carry over into the new year, but some will end. Some dreams will just not be realized.
And I also know that 2013 holds some difficult challenges. Our son will graduate from high school and we will enter into a new phase of life. Our church is moving forward which will require new skills to develop. And there are other things that will require change; change I am not sure I am ready for.
I know all of the biblical cliches to tell myself. God will be with me in the new year. God already knows the plans He has for me & they are good. Change is God’s way of making us into the person we were intended to be.
Well, boo on you! I don’t want to hear it. I want to stay right here today. I want the world to stop turning for a few days and just enjoying being right here, right now. I am not ready to make new resolutions and set new goals and plan my future.
It must have been how the disciples felt when Jesus was crucified. I wonder if they needed those three days to sit and do nothing. It may have been a reprieve to prepare them for some big changes they would have to face. But, eventually, they did have to deal with it. They had to face a new day, a new year, a new way of living.
My sulking will not stop midnight from coming. It will be here very soon. I will have to face a new day, a new year, and a new season of my life. You will too.
You know all of the biblical cliches too. God will be with you. God has great plans for you. God will give you strength for your days. But here are some suggestions along with these truths:
Make some simple resolutions you know you can keep. We all need some early wins for the new year.
Do something that is physical in nature. The adrenal glands will give you a mental boost.
Resolve to eat a little better (like vitamins). Your body will be necessary for the plans you have in 2013.
Sleep a little more. Keep the Sabbath. Take a break.
Do something for someone else.
Spend time with God. As a pastor, I find this is the most neglected part of our lives. We think about God a lot. But we spend very little time with Him. We cannot do this alone. We are not as invincible as we think. If we want to be new creatures in Christ, then we need to spend time with Him.
May you have a blessed and happy new year!
Keep fighting the good fight of faith!