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Can you believe that December is already here? In just a few short days this year will be over and we will be starting 2011. How did that happen? Where did the last year go?
I guess it went to elections and homecomings; it went by in birthdays and in anniversaries; there were a few weddings and way too many funerals. Day by day the year ticks off, and now with Christmas upon us, we are looking forward to a new year. But for a minute, I want us to look back.
Remember when the year was brand new, with new hopes and hopeful resolutions? It seems that every year we try to look forward with hope: This year will be better. This year I’ll be better. This year the economy will turn around. This year we’ll save a little money.
You know the drill, we’ve all been there.
But with the year almost over, it’s time to ask some important questions: Did I follow through on the things I could do? Did I do my part to make the world a better place? Did I make the changes that I needed to make?
These are not always comfortable questions. After all, most of our resolutions don’t last through January anyway. But that isn’t the point. New Year’s resolutions are meant to get us started on the way. I think the point is to get us moving in the right direction. So are you moving in the right direction?
In Psalms we read this, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Ps 90:12 NIV) The days we have are important and we need to invest them wisely. So are you investing your days wisely? Are you a better person, a better father, a better mother, a better husband or wife, are you a better friend than you were at this time last year?
Every day we grow a little older and hopefully a little wiser. But we don’t grow wiser by accident. It comes from investing our days. So here is the real challenge, don’t wait for January! Don’t wait to invest your time. Start now.
Don’t wait for the New Year to get started. Begin investing now. Open your Bible and let it inform your life. Open your heart in prayer and seek the Lord’s guidance. Invest in your friends and family by making the Lord and His Church a priority for you.