Good Morning. I pray that everyone had a really great Christmas and that you received everything that you asked for. Hopefully, one of those things was Salvation.
As we come to the last few yards on 2009, I want to encourage us to get ready for 2010. One of my Mother’s favorite passages of Scripture is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
1To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
The writer of this book says that in everything that we do, in life and in the world, there is a season. Things go wrong but, things also go right. We’ve all had our share ups and downs and “crazy turn arounds” (I got that from Lou Rawls) but, if you notice, there was always some bad and there was always some good. What I’m trying to say is that if your 2009 has had a lot of bad experiences; job loss, relationship issues, money woes, etc, we can and have to look at 2010 as the season of change. We’ve gone through life’s difficulties, struggles, and a ton of despair in last year. This year:
If you’re broken down, build yourself up
If you’ve cried more tears than a river, start laughing
If you’ve lost loved ones, dance because they are in heaven
If you’ve tossed the stones of goals you’ve set for yourself away, gather them up
If you’ve suffered in silence, it’s DEFININITELY time to speak
If you haven’t hugged someone, embrace them tightly and don’t let go
These are things to look forward to as we get into 2010. Let’s do it!!
Until next time…