Calendars. Cycles. Ever since I can remember, I have had this picture in my head of a calendar year. I know that some of you are going to think that maybe there are really rocks in my head, but I can’t help what you think. Anyway, I think of the calendar year as a circle, kind of like a clock, with the end of August/beginning of September at about 8:30 on the clock, with New Year’s Day at straight up 12:00, and the end of May/beginning of June landing at about 4:30. Now, if you are picturing MY calendar right now, you might realize that I have just described the school year, with summer being a little longer in perspective than the rest of the year. I can’t explain it—that’s just the way I see it.And in addition to the year corresponding to the face of a clock, it also comes in colors. Yes, I do have an active imagination. But I bet some of you do, too.
What are some of the events you or your neighbor are planning or concerned with?
In our lives we have so many different ways of “keeping time”—
- Fiscal year
- School year – Different school districts
- Church year
- District church year
- Insurance calendar year
How do we make sense of any or all of this?
How do we decide what is the most important?
How do we order our time?
I wonder if anyone here ever feels as if they don’t have enough time in their day . . . in their week . . . in their month . . . in their . . .
Why do we do that to ourselves? Is it because we try to cram in too many things? Perhaps. Is it because we do not force ourselves to pick and choose? Could it be because we have lost our perspective? Our “God-ly” perspective? I recently read a book recommended to me by a dear friend, called Resisting Happiness. The author used the phrase “Do you want to be the best possible version of yourself?” to invite people to examine their habits, both good and bad.
In this message, we learn how God has a plan to help us examine our lives and learn to lurch forward on a positive journey—we do not have to repeat unpleasantness and we can forge ahead with new hope.