Happy New Year
2017 is a blank page. It is a clear slate. It is a New Year, a New Hope, and another New Beginning for those who are willing to let it. Let it be new. Treat every day as a New Beginning.
Everyday of 2017 I wish for you to have hope. Everyday. Don’t wait for New Year’s Eve, start today.
Tell someone you love them and mean it. Call someone up and listen to them. Encourage someone. Teach a kid something new. Do no harm. Be honest and set a good example.
We can all start new in 2017 and we can start new every day. We do not have to wait for the New Year, start now.
Greetings from Cold and Snowy Michigan. I have a pretty long drive to work ever morning. I have driven all over Metro Detroit and South Eastern Michigan for work. I have noticed cars stranded on the road and from time to time. I have noticed enough to where instead of just driving by, I try to say a little prayer for every car I see on the side of the road. I can’t always stop and help, but I can take a minute to pray for there safe passage.
I think we can at least pray for each other. I have tried to keep my transportation running while traveling for work. I try to change the oil at the full service places to make sure they check all the little extras. So when my car acts up a little, I know it is not for lack of tender loving car. So when my car was wobbling a little during a snow fall, I thought it was more because I was not used to the 4 wheel drive more than anything else.
Again, I made it home and later that night, I took out the trash and noticed my rear driver side tire was completely flat. It was cold and dark and I had to take my wife’s car to get some fix-a-flat and then take the car up to the gas station for more air. The next day I had to wait in to get new tires and make up a little extra time, flex time. Yes, it was an inconvenience, but I had to stop myself and remember I was not stranded on the side of the road. I was safe and sound at home. Every cloud has a silver lining.
So when you pass a car on the side of the road, if you can not stop and help. Say a little prayer.
David vs Goliath
We all have heard the story haven’t we? David and Goliath! The famous story of how a shepherd boy took on a giant and won. The story of the underdog winning against all odds. This story has inspired countless people to face their fears.
Now I do not want to take one ounce away from this story, I would love to see people face their fears; this post is for me as much as for anyone. However, before David defeated Goliath, David had the courage to face a Lion and a Bear on separate occasions. Before David was brave in battle, David was brave while tending sheep. Now many of us want to be known as mighty conquerors; but will we put that same faith and bravery in the small jobs? Before David could protect his fellow citizens, David was protecting his Fathers flock.
Will you be brave in the little things that will prepare you for the big things? How many of us would go out of way to save one sheep from a Lion or a Bear? How many of us will put our trust in God to train us up for the big job (facing Goliath) while doing the little job that no one wants (tending to sheep?) How many of us will even acknowledge that we believe in God and need God to show us the way?
Yeah, we all want to be known as giant killers, but will we listen to the inner voice that tries to guide us day in and out to get ready for battle? David said no to the armor and advice of the “Brave” warriors who would not face Goliath. David relied on the skill and knowledge that God gave him while tending sheep. Will you be loyal in the small things so you can be ready to face the big things when the times comes?
Will you be ready to face your Goliath? Do not rush it. Spend your time being brave while tending to the sheep!