Greet 2013 with Anticipation

The new year burns as bright with promise as the candle.

This week I happened across an advice column where the writer decried the senseless violence at the end of last year and asked the columnist, with regard to the start of 2013, “What’s the use?”

Indeed, with media coverage what it is and the daunting arrival of a new year, we all shiver a little in our boots. None of us can know what is to come and the unknown can be most frightening.

 God’s word says, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24). A new year is an entire calendar of days to anticipate and greet with enthusiasm.

In 1 Peter 3:10 (NKJV) we are told how to proceed. “He who would love life and see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.  Let him turn away from evil and do good: Let him seek peace and pursue it.

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

The columnist mentioned above told the writer words similar to these, encouraged him to find a way to spread joy to his fellow man. Go the extra mile to improve the world around him. Make someone else’s day better because he had risen that morning.

Great advice for all of us. And why wouldn’t it be? It came from the hand of the Creator himself.

Happy New Year!

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