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Some New Year’s Thoughts

December 30th, 2009 Posted in holidays, Pastor's corner

Is it just me, or did it seem like the year 2009 just sped by? And not only that, but we have another decade under our belt!

It seems the older you get, the faster time goes. When I was in elementary school, time seemed to crawl at a snail’s pace. Now, not only years go by quickly, but so do entire decades!

I read an interesting thing about what time it is in your life.

  • If your age is 15, the time is 10:25 A.M.
  • If you are 20, the time is 11:34 A.M.
  • If you are 25, the time is 12:42 P.M.
  • If you are 30, the time is 1:51 P.M.
  • If you are 35, the time is 3:00 P.M.
  • If you are 40, the time is 4:08 P.M.
  • If you are 45, the time is 5:15 P.M.
  • If you are 50, the time is 6:25 P.M.
  • If you are 55, the time is 7:34 P.M.
  • If you are 60, the time is 8:42 P.M.
  • If you are 65, the time is 9:51 P.M.
  • If you are 70, the time is 11:00 P.M.

I dont know where that puts you, but for me it’s about 8:00 P.M. The sad thing is that I have been known to get sleepy at 8:00 P.M.

Getting older

Now, believe it or not, getting older is not a depressing thought to me. I don’t wish that I was 21 or 31 years old again (though I would take my hair back).

That’s because each year has been an adventure, walking with Jesus Christ and watching His plan for my life unfold.

A time for change

The start of a new year is a great opportunity to make changes.

I heard about an interesting custom celebrated in Italy every New Year’s Eve. As the evening approaches, the streets are cleared. There is no traffic and no pedestrians. Even the policemen take cover.

Then, at the stroke of midnight, every house’s windows fly open to the sound of laughter, music, and fireworks. Each member of the family tosses out old dishes, detested ornaments, hated furniture and a whole catalog of personal possessions that remind them of something in the past year they are determined to wipe out of their minds.

Perhaps some of us need to do that as we say our final goodbye to 2009.

Some thoughts from the apostle Paul for 2009-2010

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. (Philippians 3:12-15)

9 Responses to “Some New Year’s Thoughts”

  1. Bill says:

    Pastor Greg Laurie,

    I thank God for your service and dedication to the Lord’s flock. I’m sure the load must be heavy for you at times, and I pray that His Holy Spirit will strengthen you and guide you and provide for your ministry’s needs. I have been a prodigal for many years, and I pray that this new year, with the Lord’s blessing and forgiveness and mercy, that I and my family can truly make a “New Beginning” and and that He will restore the peace we have been missing in our lives for so long. As He leads me out of the mess I’ve made financially, I promise to support Harvest Ministries again as I am able. Please pray for us. Thank you again for you and your staff’s dedication and may God richly bless you!

  2. sandra chikan says:

    Been greatly blessed by ur messages and i know that this year the lord will help me be a soul winner. thank you and i need your prayers

  3. Maria says:

    Pastor Greg,

    As I drive into work Monday-Friday, I look forward to your message every morning. God blesses me every day with his word and it allows me to reflect on his word before I start my day. I am so grateful to have a Pastor who feeds me with the truth. whether difficult to accept, your honesty without sugar-coating the word is refreshing and eye opening. May God bless you and your family this new year and keeps you in good health to continue feeding us with his word. Amen

  4. Walter Hawkins says:

    Pastor Greg,
    I just heard your 12/31 “New Beginning” message on WEEC in Springfield, Ohio. Praise God for your exposure of the “self-esteem psychobabble.” Indeed, the Church has fallen for it as well.

    Thank The Lord for your “holy boldness.” We need more of it in this day and age!

    May God richly bless you and yours in 2010.

    Love in Christ,
    Walter Hawkins

  5. Rich says:

    WOW! The year 2010 is almost here.

    As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, I challenge each and every one of you to do 10 things tomorrow that Glorify God, Direct others to God, Focus on God and please God.

    May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and keep you each new day of 2010. Onward Christian Soldiers!!!

  6. Delphine says:

    Dear Pastor Greg, I’m the same age as you I was born
    Nov. 7, 52 so i’m older than you for 2010, i’m looking for God’s promise a new heaven and new earth and living with God forever.

    God Bless You
    Delphine

  7. Brian Burgert says:

    Great verse for today as we approach the new year.
    I pray for the church, that we would rise up and walk with God this year and embrace our calling and use our God-given gifts to build up one another and boldly proclaim the Gospel of Peace.
    Let’s “put off the old man and put on the new man”.
    My brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s go out in the power of the Spirit and fulfill our calling; the great commission.
    God is not finished with America.
    Grace and peace to you all.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yep! Shoulder to plow and not looking back.

  9. delane says:

    thank you.

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