Somehow the newness of this year is still with us. After Christmas and New Year there is this feeling of the lull lingering on before the year really starts revving up. Perhaps it’s that the up-country visitors are still with us, or perhaps its more parking spaces at the mall, but there seems to me to be a reluctance to the start of the new year.
I have been keeping my ear open for a word of encouragement that may cement my year into a theme or a thought to follow through, or that may become a thread of what is to come. Or perhaps just to note it, so that as the year progresses I am reminded where the year began.
What I have heard is this : joy, newness, adventures, expectations, and just recently intentions. These are some of the threads that make up the fabric of life.
Threads I just love, as I am sure you do too ?
Sure there may be some glum days ahead, but as my previous post said … ‘Hold that thought’ and I will, endeavour to hold these fun words, these thoughts, in suspension till I encounter them throughout the coming year.
Dr Mark Chironna, one of my favourite preachers, spoke on 1 Corinthians 13:13, which says
And now abide Faith Hope, Love, these three; but the greatest of these is Love.
He paralleled ‘these three’ like this :
Faith is anticipation
Hope is expectation
Love is intentional
Of course he expanded greatly on this. He went wide and deep, and brought much insight to this favourite Scripture.
I gave it some reflection, and thought that it would dovetail beautifully into my new year.
These three threads – all forward-looking components, are good strands for happiness and for good mental health.
Choose Faith, and apply a mind-set of anticipation.
Choose Hope, and apply purposeful expectation.
Choose Love, and be intentional in giving it away.
Why not weave these threads into the fabric of 2019, and make it into something colourful and memorable.