It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
We have come to the end of another year. The media was filled with commentaries on the year that was consigned to history, and speculative predictions on what lies ahead. For me, the end of the year is always a reflective time; a time for taking stock of what I am doing with the time allotted to me. Human beings have always marked time by significant events. The real question is not whether we will mark time, but how we will do so. What events and what messages are we proclaiming in the calendaring of time? How do we view time?
The Lord who created time, now gives us time as a gift. In Him, time now becomes a field of choice wherein we can grow in holiness, and find real freedom.
Life is a classroom for those who are willing to learn its many lessons – and living faith opens our eyes and shines light on the way.
What brought me real joy this year: there was so many instances of beauty in the year. Unfathomable grace to try again, to begin anew, to learn how to let go fully and completely so that with a loose grasp, I can prepare to receive.
On the last day of 2017, I: couldn’t have felt more at peace enjoying the local community in Yangon, Myanmar. Sharing a local meal with Pastor Mark and his family, and also with the local Burmese pastor, and the village children who are learning English. Who, at the age of 16, do not own a mobile phone, yet possess such quick dexterity when I request for a selfie.
If I could change one thing about this year it would be: to have gratitude. At the end of 2017 I wish that I were more ashamed at how often I was ungrateful and demanding of life and God, and of people. I would more readily be embarrassed by the ways I am so aware of my lack, and careless with my plenty.
I would try to see the world as ‘beautiful’ instead, because I already have all that I could ask for – life in abundance today, as Jesus has promised, and life eternally.
If I could travel back to the beginning of the year, I would: let it go a little faster – let the frustration of work go, let the disappointment of failed relationships go.
Seneca, wrote: “It is not that we have so little time, but that we have wasted so much of it“.
What will stand the test of time? Only what was done for Christ will last.
Time is the opportunity for the Christian to bear fruit that remains.
Jesus reminds me, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.” (John 15: 16, 17).
As we consider the timeline of God’s unfolding plan, the redemption of the nations, the God who gives and governs time, invites us to re-dedicate ourselves to living differently, in time.
On 31 Dec 2017, we find ourselves exactly where we should be – feeling the pulse and sensing the heartbeat of this nation on the cusp of a social awakening.
To explore the world is a wonderful privilege.
To do so with dear friends a gift for the year end.
So, decide in your heart – to revere Christ as Lord. And come 2018, we will step boldly forward, unafraid in His perfect love. And ready to bear the fruit for His Name alone.