Moving On to 2012

Posted by M ws On Saturday, December 31, 2011 2 comments
As we come to the end of 2011, many of us might be in deep reflection of the days gone by for this year...Here's something written by Steven B. Cloud and Taylor Addison.

A Year of Time
Written by Steven B. Cloud, Pulpit Helps, Vol. 14, # 2

…Though even thinking on the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea—especially at the beginning of a new year.

As we look into 2012, we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchased it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life.

The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak—every man, woman and child has the same twenty-four hours every day.

Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on.

And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full year’s block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it.

Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend it on ourselves. Or, as good stewards, we can invest it in the kingdom of God.

The new year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count?

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Time for New Beginnings
Written by Taylor Addison, Blue Mountain Arts, 1989

"This is a time for reflection as well as celebration.

As you look back on the past year and all that has taken place in your life,

Remember each experience for the good that has come of it
and for the knowledge you have gained.

Remember the efforts you have made and the goals you have reached.

Remember the love you have shared and the happiness you have brought.

Remember the laughter, the joy, the hard work, and the tears.

And as you reflect on the past year, also be thinking of the new one to come.

Because most importantly, this is a time of new beginnings and the celebration of life."

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Wishing all my readers a meaningful close to 2011 and a wonderful beginning to 2012! God bless you and yours!

For your new year...

I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.

I am your next chance at the art of living. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.

All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it but with more determination.

All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.

All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have—these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.

The new year is your opportunity to renew your allegiance to your faith.

-Author Unknown-

"A new year is unfolding—like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.

Dear God, let this year be filled with the things that are truly good—with the comfort of warmth in our relationships, with the strength to help those who need our help and the humility and openness to accept help from others.

As we make our resolutions for the year ahead, let us go forward with great hope that all things can be possible—with Your help and guidance."

2 comments to Moving On to 2012

  1. says:

    adie Happy New year 2012 to you and all your readers.
    May the new year bring more happiness, peace, tranquility, opportunity and the 'freedom' that we all seek, God willing.

  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Dear Adie

    Thank you for such a beautiful festive greeting for me and the blog readers! I share the same as you, Adie.

    Take care and wishing you and yours nothing but the best for 2012!

    Thank you for your input, responses and also for reading my blog. In reality, the past few weeks have been most difficult for me but hearing from you and those who have taken the trouble to leave their comments has been an uplifting experience.

    Cheers

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