For the next 18 hours (or less depending when you read this) you can do something in 2011 then this year is history. The events that happen in the rest of this day are soon to be what we would say as "last year." Time marches on doesn't it. You cannot stop it. I took my son and daughter in law to the airport late yesterday and I saw my little granddaughter for the last time in 2011. I will look forward to seeing her for the first time in in 2012, but that is probably a month or so away. Time marches on.
I have many things on the calendar for 2012. Classes to attend, speaking engagements, and open space for counseling appointments, that I am praying God sends people to us at Blue Hope Counseling. There are two scheduled events still on the 2011 agenda. First this morning I am meeting with some of the Board of Directors of Mission Team Inc. We will have a short meeting to discuss a few things. Then nothing planned until tonight, but at about 9:30 pm I will hopefully have napped some to be ready to go out and bring in the New Year with the police. I have ridden along in a squad car the last 10 years as New Year's is one of the busiest nights of the year.
Looking back I have been able to accomplish a lot in 2011. Truly I can say the Lord has blessed me. I hope (The Lord Willing) to accomplish a great deal more in 2012. After all we get an extra day in 2012. There is a Feb 29 on the calendar. What are your plans for the "extra day."
We will elect a new president next year. We will get an ear full of this over the coming months. Quick question: Are you praying for the candidates? Just a reminder that we need to. If you start now when election time comes you can honestly make the statement, "I have been praying for him/her since last year."
There is still time to do a lot of things this year. You can give today to your church and or your favorite ministry, and it be on your 2011 tax donation records. Lots of people do this and it has traditionally been a day of surprise and delight for many ministries and charities. The gift must be postmarked or in the hands of the charity by midnight. It is not OK to date a gift today and turn in tomorrow to be legal according to IRS guidelines.
Tomorrow we write 2012 at the end of the date. If will be a first. Today is a last. This can be kind be confusing. Jesus even sort of addressed it to his disciples. Think about this:
"So the last will be first, and the first will be last." Matthew 20:16 NIV Are we talking about dates or people? We have to have the last day of 2011 before we can have the first day of 2012 now don't we.
What is up with this? The issue is Jesus is telling His disciples a story in response to Peter's Question In Matthew 19:26 where he basically said "Jesus we have left everything behind and are following you. What is in it for us? What can we expect?" A very presumptuous and loaded question.
Jesus told then the parable about hiring the workers to work all times of the day and at the end paying them all the same thing. Interesting? There is lots of teaching that is done off of this passage but here is something to get in your head.
When is the time to start serving God? NOW. We like to make New Years resolutions and mark time. We like to be able to say when things happen, but having or maybe I should say BEING in a relationship with Jesus starts now.You do not need to worry about the date or the time.
You do not need 18 hours more or an extra day to do something to please God. You do not have to stop or start any habits or behaviors to please God. You simply must put HIm first in your life. And the point is do it now .......time is ticking away.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!