A year ago I didn’t know the difference between a “whip” and a “nae nae”. I couldn’t fathom that the Hawkeyes would ever end their season undefeated. And, I didn’t know that a world could be held in fear by the violent acts of just a few people with guns. What a difference a year makes.
So, what will this year bring? What unimaginable events will take place in your life that will give you pause for consideration at the end of 2017? For some, it is marriage, graduations, new career paths, births, new starts. For others, 2017 brings the news of serious illness, a family death, or other tragedies that may be too terrible to think about.
The Bible talks about the duality of life in the book of Ecclesiastes:
There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven:
a time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot;
a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build;
a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance;
a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;
a time to search and a time to count as lost;
a time to keep and a time to throw away;
a time to tear and a time to sew;
a time to be silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (HCSB)
This passage shows that life is full of high times and low times. They are to be expected. What matters is how we meet those times—how we face them head on.
Having our minds set on eternal things like God, faith, and love helps us with perspective as we deal with any event in the coming year. We recognize that temporal things fall away and all that remains is what is truly substantive. When we think of the eternal we desire to be around others who do the same, those who have eternity’s values in view. At Westwind Church we encourage people to connect with others in order to experience eternal values lived out in everyday life. This helps us experience the “occasions” that the writer of Ecclesiastes forewarns.
What will this year bring? I cannot tell you. But, what I do know, is that without the right perspective, and the right people beside you, it will be much more difficult. Maybe this is the year that you concentrate on your faith, which will help you no matter what comes your way.