A Fresh Page

5 hours and I'm 17.
                                              5 hours until 2015.
                                                                                       5 hours until fireworks fly.
                                                                                                                                               5 hours to say good-bye.

At a glance, this year has looked Frozen, with a few Hobbits and Mockingjays here and there. It looks like fun and games and ALS Ice Bucket Challenges. Looking back, we remember the triumph of the Sochi Winter Games (Well, other than that one darn snowflake refusing to open). Who will forget the intense battles for the gold medal in both men's and women's hockey? My heart is still pounding.

2014 also looks a lot like hijacked planes that went missing. It looks like tragedy. It looks like ISIS, but also a time of triumph for the Christian martyrs in the Middle East. But it also looks like fear- the uncertainty and dread of the uncontrollable that gripped us with the outbreak and the rapid spread of Ebola .

It looks like a year of political mayhem. It looks like unrest in Ukraine and controversy over the morals of the Russian government. It looks like the return of the age-old issue of racism and justice in the Ferguson shooting. It looks like delicately balanced governments that can be overturned with the production of a single, crude comedy such as The Interview. It looks like threats that may mean nothing but may mean everything- it looks like nationalistic feuds. But that's nothing new.

2014 looks like chaos. It looks like tragedy. It looks memorable. It looks unbelievably exciting.

2015 looks like nothing, right now.

To the Christian, it is no secret that the world will be spiraling downhill evermore until Jesus returns. So to be honest, I am not overly optimistic about the year that begins in just 5 hours. I'm not overly convinced that 2015 will be any more peaceful or safe than 2014 was. And to be honest, I'm not worried, either.

This year that is about to come to a close was full of lessons for all of us, I'm sure. Valuable lessons. And the thing about valuable lessons- they lose their value if they are not remembered nor put into practice.

"Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?" --Anne Shirley

I find it interesting how so many people consider the new year 'a clean slate,' while being fully aware of the people they hate, the people they want to get back at, and the people they refuse to forgive. The start of a new year means zilch unless you make it mean something. And the only One who can make it mean something is the One who made you mean something.

So here's to the start of a fresh year with a fresh slate. A year that is going to be crazy and hectic no matter what, but a year that can either bring out the best, or the worst in each of us. We can decide. So skip the pointless resolutions, and simply take a look back and what you learned. The hard way, the easy way, the "God sure has a sense of humour" way. And get ready to apply it in the tests that God pulls you through next. 

Learn from the past, don't dwell on it. Forgive and forget. Be the one that makes this year the best one ever for everyone you come in contact with. May the joy that is set before you get you through the day, and NEVER give up. Carpe diem!

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something. -- Neil Gaiman

Psalm 90:12~
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Philippians 3:14~
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which
God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Starting at 12:00 tonight, you will have 8,766 hours to do whatever you please with. I pray that what you please is what God pleases, as well. Take a deep breath, we're diving in! Happy New Year!