December, and especially those ‘let down’ days between Christmas and the Bowl games, has become a time when most Americans start looking back. TV highlights the news and sporting events of the past year. At the same time there is sufficient amount of looking ahead with New Year’s resolutions, plans and goals.
Nichole Tallman Pennell has a way of poking me to ponder with things she posts on her Facebook. This time it was just the feature focus of the Ft. Worth, TX magazine of “The Best of 2014”. I like that. Looking ahead to what we expect and hope for and anticipate as the best. It reminds me what a preacher friend said when someone asked him what was the best sermon he had ever preached. His ready response was “the NEXT one!”
You often hear the question asked, “What was the best day of your life?” Most Christian’s answer that it was they day they got saved. Married men better answer it was the day he got married. Mothers usually have an answer that has to do with a childbirth. Actually, I’ve had so many great moments in my life I will resist starting on that list here.
But you know, life is so much easier once you give up hope.
When I declared that, I got a quick and challenging response from sister-in-law who was ready to admonish me to NEVER GIVE UP. So I quickly had to explain that I have given up on lots of things:
- I’ll never ride a bucking bull in a pro rodeo
- I’ll never win a triathlon
- I’ll never ride a horse from the Mississippi to the Pacific
- I’ll never hike the entire length of the Pony Express trail
- I’ll never write the great American novel
You get the idea -so I won’t complete this gradually lengthening list either.
But I do want to believe that 2014 is going to be the BEST year of my life. In contemplating what I think would make it be the crowning year of my 74 (and counting) years, I was strongly impressed to seek just what my Lord would have me do.
Meditating on the subject and praying about it in the dark hours of the mid-watch, I returned to Paul’s admonition to Archippus found in Colossians 4:17, to finish the work assigned to him. The same instruction was given to Titus in 2 Corinthians 8:6. Our Lord’s declaration of victory was that He had finished the work His Father had given Him to do, John 14:4 and John 19:30. The Apostle Paul’s passion was not only to be busy in His assignment to ministry, he worked hard to finish it Acts 20:4 and 2 Timothy 4:7.
As I look ahead to 2014, I want to make it the year to finish. Not finish my length of days nor my sojourn on this tiny globe. But I do want to finish some projects that I have begun. Some of them have been in the works for a very long time and others are more recent ambitious undertakings.
And those foremost on my list are writing projects. If you are so inclined to pray for me and with me, I would greatly appreciate your help. Maybe I’ll give more details on just what those projects are but for now, just pray for focus and for discipline.