Within the next few hours a new habit will be thrust upon you—on all of us. Whether writing, typing, or texting, the old habit of using “2016” will be replaced by “2017.”
At first we will have to think about that new keystroke, that new character, 7, but soon enough it will be commonplace—muscle memory. And then it will be 2016 that is the stranger, the old habit that has been forgotten.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” is one way in which we describe the constancy of time and change. “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom,” is another. These scriptures offer us wisdom that has been proven over many millennia (Ecclesiastes 3:1; Psalm 90:12).
For some there will be resolutions: get fit, slow down, get organized, do something new. For others there will be “anti-resolutions”—careful efforts to avoid hastily made commitments that are too soon forgotten. But for all of us, resolved or not, the tick-tock of time will carry us forward.
My resolution is actually a “pre-resolution,” a perspective that can help me understand the changes that will inevitably come. It is a time-honored way of looking at the world, also found in the scriptures: “Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done” (1 Chronicles 16:10-12).
In 2017 I am looking to the Lord and His strength. I am seeking His face. I am remembering the wonders He has done. And in seeing the world through these eyes of appreciation and gratitude, I am also able to see the pathway forward and where He leads.
May God’s richest blessings be yours in the New Year!