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Closing one and opening another

December 27, 2015

Authors who write books with short chapters are brilliant (in my estimation).

 

I can remember reading textbooks in undergrad and then graduate school that had chapters which seemed to have no end and little conclusion.  I soon learned the fine art of skimming. Got me through 128 credit hours at LHU then 90 more at ETS.  

 

When reading, my mantra was:

 

Just give me the facts ma'am.

Cut to the chase.

What is the bottom line?

 

Connecting ideas and thoughts from one chapter to another is an art. It helps to have an overarching plot or goal. Engaging authors understand the irresistable drawing power they need to weave into each chapter so that you won't be able to put the book down. 

 

    2016 is just around the corner and this chapter of 2015 is coming to a close. How will we end this chapter? What kind of legacy will we plant here in 2015 that will bless someone next year or next decade, or the distant future?

    Have you thought about the end of the year? Many are looking forward to a new year due to the last one being so painful and distasteful. Others are looking forward with continued anticipation and excitement for another great year.  The former need encouraged to not lose faith and to find the positive outcomes in the midst of their pain.  The latter group understands that life is hard and tomorrow isn't promised and so they recognize the ability one needs to savor every possible moment they have.

 

Which group do you fall into?

 

How will you close this chapter called 2015? Are you waving a sad reprise toward it? Does every year feel the same to you? 

 

or....

 

Will you embrace the last five days of Decemeber, filling it with activity and celebrations? Will you look toward 2016 with anticipation of new beginnings, new opportunities, and new relationships?

 

You know, the one who created you, who loves you and has redeemed you, awaits your arrival in the new year.  The Lord authors our faith journey and is quite the literary genuis.

 

          "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything  that

          hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for

          us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before

          him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of

          God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and

          lose heart." (Hebrews 12:1-3, NIV)

 

Any hardship you have endured, are enduring, or will endure is being balanced by an undeniable and unbelievable love of God. He has conquered all things and has written the best selling book with the most scintillating chapters ever.  Perhaps a reading journey through that book in 2016 might be a good overarching plan for your new chapter.

 

Here is one of many helpful websites to get you started:

 

https://www.biblegateway.com

 

Peace.

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