Leap years are needed to keep our modern day calendar in alignment with the earth’s revolutions around the sun.
It takes the earth approximately 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds to circle once around the sun. This is called a Tropical year. The Common year is 365 days long. The Leap year is 366 days long. The extra day is added at the end of February, the shortest month, giving it 29 instead of the usual 28 days.
A Leap year is a year in which an extra day is added to the calendar in order to synchronize it with the seasons.
Acknowledging : Scienceworld.wolfram.com and Time and date.com.
The month of February is often associated with love, because of Valentine’s day. But it is quite phenominal as it hosts the Leap year – a place to put the left over hours, minutes and seconds, not to be wasted, but that go to make up a whole new day – an extra 24 hours.
However what leaped (!!) into my mind was the word leap.
According to Google Leap means : Jump or spring a long way to a great height, or with great force.
According to Cambridge Dictionaries Online Leap means : to make a large jump or sudden movement, usuall from one place to another.
What conjurred up in my mind was how the Sprinbuck gracefully leaps seemingly with gleeful joy, in wide open spaces. Or the proverbial sheep you count when you can’t sleep, leaping over the farm fence !! Or the slimey frog, as it purposely leaps from one stone to another on the lilly pond of life, looking for food. And my lazy cat as she leaps with furry frenzy into the air when I playfully scare her. Nature is full of leaping creatures, depicting all shades of intentions and emotions.
My translation of leap is : the necessity to purposely, transfer from one place to another.
Leap to overcome ! Now there’s a thought – leap to overcome. There are many concepts on overcome. It is an imperative in the walk of life to overcome. The consequence of not overcoming is that you stay where you are, you can become stuck, stagnant, stale … and boring !!
An overcoming mind is essential, and that is why there are many promises in God’s word that reward the Overcomer. It is indeed something to set our sights on. It elevates the horizen, the future, something to aspire to, it is the flexing of a spiritual muscle to … rise up !
Leaping and Overcoming, from a Bible perspective, brings an insightful and significant meaning that widens and deepens the essentiality of making a paradigm shift, or simply put, changing your mind – about yourself, your circumstance, your life. Think differently !
Psalm 18:29 For by You I can run against a troop. By my God I can leap over a wall.
Revelation 21:7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
This year take a leap of faith, make Jesus Christ the Saviour and Lord of your life, it is the first step in becoming a true Overcomer.
There is something about leaping and overcoming that speaks of courage and of faith. It pertains to the emotions of life, hardships in life and sadnesses about life, but also to the normal every day nitty gritty choices. Leaping is done by making decisions. Make up your mind, and just do it – that is leaping ! It may open up a new course of circumstances and definitely new horizens.
The calendar tells us that 2016 is a Leap Year. Make this your Leap Year to whatever you aspire to do, to be, to become, or where to go.
Remember your life is a product of your decisions – so decide, take the leap in
faith and …..
Leap from fear to faith
Leap from negative to positive
Leap from discontent to contentment
Leap from depression to happiness
Leap from co-dependence to independence
Leap from self depreciation to self worth
Leap from unforgiveness to forgiveness
Leap from sickness to health
Leap from greed to generosity
Leap from lack to abundance
Leap from poverty to progress
…. and in all your leaping, Leap for Joy !
That is what overcoming is all about !