Dec 30, 2016

Happy New Year

Many people know that I am somewhat enamored with Winston Churchill. He was a brave soul during WWII and managed to inspire his nation to hang on until help came against the Nazis.

I subscribe to Churchill’s famous approach to success: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” He should have known about this as he was both the biggest success and failure in the 20th century. And another great leader from that century, Nelson Mandela, also reminds us, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

The New Year affords us something that we all crave and probably need: the ability to start over. It is a great blessing to start over because it means that all those mistakes from which we were supposed to learn something can be tested. After all, if we have learned something we do want to know if we really learned it. So here we are near the beginning of 2017.  We stare down a new year and hope for the best.

One image of the new year I like best is of the two calendars side by side: the old and the new. One is tattered and torn—covered by coffee spills, smudgy finger-prints, and smeared. The old calendar represents commitments made and kept. Next to the old is the new calendar. Clean with no awkward markings yet—and it represents opportunities that await.

Happy New Year and keep track of where you plan to go!

Come, Worship
Stay, Learn
Go, Serve


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