Are You Tired Yet?

Thanksgiving is behind us. So is Christmas.

Only one more holiday to go, New Year’s Day!

Then, after we get past the first of the new year, we can settle down again. We’ll put away the decorations, return unwanted gifts, get to spend a few nights at home, and try to figure out a way to pay the bills for all the “specialness” that we enjoyed over the last month or so.

And, oh, let’s not forget that we will need to create a list of resolutions for the new year ahead. We will definitely want to lose weight, exercise more, spend less time on social media, and spend more quality time with God and our family.

Whew! I’m tired! How about you?

I’m tired just typing those words and thinking about the effort we’ll put forth in the weeks ahead.

Does the end of one year and the beginning of the next really have to be that way? Do we have to rush and hurry and overspend and over plan every minute of every day?

No!

Thanksgiving should be a time of giving thanks for the blessings of God. Christmas should be a time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the fact that God sent His only Son to live among us. And, New Year’s Day should be a time of reflection as we think about the opportunities God will place before us over the next 12 months.

Today, I hope that you are able to find some time to rest. I hope you will be able to press your life’s “pause” button for just a few minutes, think about the blessings God has given you over the last year, and praise His name for sending Jesus to us.

And then, as you reflect upon the last year, I pray that you will find new strength and joy to come into your life, knowing that whatever comes in the year ahead, that God will be with you each step of the way.

Happy New Year to each of you. May God bless you as you serve Him.

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