By Mike Courson
First Christian Church
It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it? 2020 will soon be history and the Year 2021 will be reality! To say 2020 was a “different” year might be the understatement of the century.
Pandemic aside, how will the New Year be any different for you than the previous one? Will you make any New Year’s resolutions? Do you suppose you will break any resolutions?
Perhaps you’ll be like the husband who said to his wife, “I don’t want to brag, but here it is February and I’ve kept every one of my New Year’s resolutions!”
His wife remarked, “That’s great honey!”
And the husband replied, “Yeah, I’ve kept them in a manila folder in the top drawer of my desk!” The old adage is true, “It’s easier to break a resolution than it is to break a habit.”
On a serious note though, God has done it again. He has blessed us by placing before us 365 brand new, unused, untouched and unspent days! The New Year should bring an air of excitement to our lives, especially in regard to the Christian. It affords us an opportunity for trying again, doing better, and possibly even starting over. Perhaps the poet said it best when he wrote: “The New Year lies before you, like a spotless track of snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every mark will show.”
I want to ask you a question, and then challenge you with a few remarks. The question is: “How do you see the New Year?”
The little Old Testament Book of Haggai was written to encourage the Jews to rebuild the temple which had been destroyed during the time of the Babylonian captivity. The temple lay in ruins. Haggai confronts the governor, the son of the high priest, and the remnant of Israel with two questions, both found in Haggai 2:3. The first question was: “Who is left among you that saw this temple in its former glory?”
You’ve heard it before, haven’t you? Oh yes! Remember the good ole days? This is a question regarding the past. And there is nothing wrong with remembering the past, so long as we don’t dwell on it or live in it. Sometimes you have to see where you’ve been in order to determine where you’re going.
Haggai asked them a second, more important question. He asked: “How do you see it now?” This question posed by Haggai wasn’t about the past, but about the future. The nation of Israel had been scattered. The holy temple of God had been reduced to nothing more than rubble. So Haggai reminds them of the past, but challenges them in the future. You see, life doesn’t give us the privilege of living in the past, but it does afford us the opportunity of doing better in the future.
Likely, 2020 was a tough year for you. Let’s do our best to move past it. But how do you see 2021? How you see it now may determine how you live it.
Maybe we need to begin looking at things differently. Perhaps we need to see God differently, or the church, or our family. Perhaps we even need to see ourselves differently. As the late popular writer and speaker, Zig Ziglar, once said, “Maybe we need a check-up from the neck-up!” I suspect we do.
Have a great New Year! And remember – what you see may be what you get!
By Mike Courson