It’s New Year’s Day When

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It’s New Year’s Day when Noah looks at the hammer in his hand and smiles as he
adds another nail to a plank of gopher. The year ahead is as predictable as the fifty before. His goal is clear and he knows just what to do to make his dream come true. He tosses around words, choosing a theme for the year ahead: faith, obedience, endurance. Endurance.

It’s New Year’s Day when Abraham looks at the sand in his hand and smiles knowing each grain of sand represents a promised descendant. The year ahead is a journey over the land God is giving him. His goal is to follow God’s leading. His dream is for a son to call his own. A goal he can accomplish one day at a time. A dream that age has taken from possible to impossible. He tosses around words, choosing a theme for the year ahead: faith, obedience, covenant. Covenant.

It’s New Year’s Day when Joseph looks at the bread at his hand and smiles as he gives it to another prisoner. The year ahead is a prison. Literally and figuratively. The dreams of being someone great lies locked deep inside almost forgot, yet always haunting the edge of his conscious. His goal is trapped within these walls but he chooses a positive attitude anyway. He tosses around words, choosing a theme for the year ahead: faith, obedience, attitude. Attitude.

It’s New Year’s Day when Joshua looks at the sword in his hand and smile as he recalls his first journey into the Promise Land. The year ahead is one of battles. Soon they will cross the Jordan and the challenge of leading God’s People into the land will begin. His goal is clear but he doesn’t know what he will actually have to do. He knows this is his time. His time to be strong and courageous. His time to listen and to lead. He tosses around words, choosing a theme for the year ahead: faith, obedience, courage. Courage.

It’s New Year’s Day when Hannah looks at the shirt in her hand and smiles as she washes her husband’s laundry. The year ahead if full of monotonous housework. There is no goal for her year ahead.  The cry of a new-born rents the air and she bites her lip in pain. Her role has simply become to serve her husband. Her dream of children is now a painful ache in desperate need of a miracle. She tosses around words, choosing a theme for the year ahead: faith, obedience, hope. Hope.

It’s New Year’s Day when John looks at the honey dipped locust in his hand and smiles as he puts it in his mouth. The year ahead is the fulfilment of scripture. Today his mission begins as he prepares the Way of the Lord. His goal is to baptise multitudes. His dream to see the Messiah for himself.  He tosses around words, choosing a theme for the year ahead: faith, obedience, salvation. Salvation.

It’s New Year’s Day when Paul looks at the plank in his hand and smiles before he jumps from the breaking ship into the stormy sea. The year ahead is planned. His goal is certain. He will share Christ Jesus with Caesar in Rome. His dream is heaven and that seems likely soon after his goal is attained. He tosses around words, choosing a theme for the year ahead: faith, obedience, heaven. Heaven.

It’s New Year’s Day when Gail looks at the Bible in her hand and smiles at the treasures found there. The year ahead is uncertain. After 2013 her goal is simply to be thankful in all circumstances. Her dreams are as unattainable as those of Abraham, Joseph, Hannah and Paul. Her faith is not in herself or what she can do. Her faith is totally in the God of miracles, the God of Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Joshua, Hannah, John and Paul. She tosses around words, choosing a theme for the year ahead: faith, obedience, endurance, covenant, attitude, courage, hope, salvation, heaven. Despite what she sees and knows she chooses the two that have served others so well in the past. She chooses faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ. Faith and obedience. Let the New Year begin.

Which word do you choose as your theme for the year ahead? Share your word with us in the comments below.

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