Okay. A show of hands, who watched the ball drop on New Years’ Eve? If you’re in Idaho did you watch the potato drop? They actually do that there. The country bumpkin in me believes it.
Full confession…I didn’t even consider it this time around. I witnessed too many midnights in 2016 to stay up for yet another one.
I did see the first one of 2016 thanks to some friends who asked me to help keep some millennials in line with them on that eve of 2016. They were all Christians so it was actually a piece of cake. Not that we actually had any cake…never mind.
I had to work on December 31st. I drove back from Amarillo after delivering some windows in the morning.
The sun had set before I got to Ft Worth. Clifford, the big red van, was the only one at the window factory waiting for me. The building sets on a hill overlooking the south end of Ft Worth.
Shortly after I parked my phone dinged. That meant I had a Facebook message sent to me. Ruth wished me a Happy New Year. I smiled and thanked her.
You see Ruth lives in Uganda. Since it was officially 2017 there that meant I actually celebrated the new year, even though it was just after seven o’clock on my watch.
While I was filling out my log book I heard a crackling sound. I looked up to watch a thirty second fireworks display. Now I DID feel like I celebrated in style.
Since I still had over an hour to drive home I sent up an earnest prayer for safety on that leg of my journey. Fortunately that prayer was answered in the affirmative.
I have no idea what the next twelve months hold for me. I may be rich and famous when the next December 31st rolls around.
I may be famous but not rich, or rich but still a nobody, or just Wade who still has to drive through the night just to pay my bills on time.
I do hope I have a closer walk with Father God by then. That will mean I’ll be more like Jesus Christ, His Son.
I pray I inspire more people to strive for the same goal in some way.
I know that will mean more tests in the days ahead, but they’ll come anyway. Might as well make the best use of them to further God’s kingdom.
Each day will hold its own troubles. Drivers will still take stupid chances on the roads I drive. I’ll struggle to keep my eyes open occasionally on those same roads.
I wonder what I’ll be inspired to write this year. I’m working on songs now. Caught me by surprise, too.
My writing may win some awards. That’s not why I write, but it helps get my stuff noticed more.
If the first week of this year is any indication I’ll have to come up with a better sleep system to keep up with my work demands. Yeah, I’m very tired.
I’ll still pray for others and ask for prayer from others. That’s what spiritual siblings are for. Right?
I’ll keep pursuing Barb and ask God for wisdom, patience and guidance on that front.
I’ve watched enough races to know that it’s not important how you start the race that matters most, it’s how well you finish it that decides the outcome.
Don’t fret if you couldn’t stay awake to see one year end and the next one begin. That will happen with or without you.
Make the most of every moment and decision in your life.
God has a plan for you. Follow that plan.
How do you know how to best do that?
Spend quality time in the Bible, God’s guidebook for people.
Invest quality time with God’s people, your spiritual siblings.
Devote quality time in deep prayer, your link to God’s ear.
Resolve to do those three things and you’ll be more like Jesus Christ when the next December 31st rolls around.
Keep smiling. Wade