John Piper reminded me today that dying is like entering a new year. He also stated that we, as Christians, should embrace the new year as a time to reflect on the year past. If my life was only what I did, thought, said, or enjoyed in 2013 would I end it tonight knowing that the Lord would say, "well done good and faithful servant."?
What a profound idea! To give ourselves a yearly checkup on our Spiritual walk. Every New Year's Eve becomes a gift to us to reflect on our life, see where we need to improve and make the proper adjustments. It is like a personal ghost of Christmas past, only it is ours and not Scrooge's.
When you walk through the door to 2014 will you be smiling and praying for another 2013 or will you be smiling because, like scrooge, you have a chance to change before the real test of death?
On a side note, I am smiling today, because three of my best Richards ladies and my husband bought me my white dishes for the farmhouse kitchen. Doesn't the white look fantastic contrasted with the red? It is like our sins being covered with Christ's red blood and then made white. What a wonderful reminder of forgiveness in our everyday utensils.