Company for the New Year

Dec 30, 2015 668

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2).

As the year slips into history, many people make resolutions to do things better or differently in the new year. Not that there’s anything special about the minutes that come after midnight on December 31. Time is the same, we are the same and our circumstances will most likely be the same. But this ‘change’ from the old year to the ‘new’ year is an opportunity to do things differently, to act and be different, and to seize the opportunity to fulfill our dreams.

The great poet Tennyson put these thoughts into poetry:

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the time; …

Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good …

Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

We know that there is only one way to have the sentiments of this poem become a reality in our lives, and that is to travel the year in the company of the Lord Jesus Christ. He will not promise you a trouble-free year, but he can promise you joy and blessings regardless of the troubles. Resolve, with Paul, to “know nothing but Christ and him crucified.”

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