Can you believe that the year 2018 is just a few days away?  As a young girl, I always believed that something magical would happen on New Year’s Day.  That some how all of life’s challenges would simply disappear when I woke up. That the magic of New Year’s Day would reset everything and I could start fresh; otherwise what’s the point of having a new year I thought?

I love the idea of “out with the old and in with the new”.  My father was in the military and my parents would have these big New Year’s Eve parties at the house with all of their military friends.  My mom would make my sister and I go to bed but we’d never go to sleep.  We’d sneak down the hallway to watch all of the festive activities in the living room.  We were particularly interested in the adults that had way too much drink.  They always made the parties fun to watch!

It never worked you know…the reset.  The very next day after all of the festive activities were over, after the stroke of mid-night had passed, after making a list of all of my new year wishes; I’d wake up and everything would be the same.

When I woke up, I’d still be in the same house, in the same room, in the same bed and in the same room next door my parents we’re still arguing. When I woke up, my dad was going to storm out, my mom was going to lock herself up in her bedroom and my sister would do the same thing.  When I woke up, I would just wonder around the house trying to figure out why the New Year’s wish didn’t work for me again.

Isn’t it funny how our little minds work as young children. I was looking for Christ then but just didn’t know it.  I believed there was something greater for me than what I was experiencing. I’m so glad Jesus waited for me. I’m so grateful that with every New Year’s passing I was drawn closer and closer to him, until one day all that I was would be consumed in the fire so that I could be all that he called me to be.

I was looking for something magical to find me but something spiritual found me instead and I’m forever grateful.  I’m thankful for the 365 days behind me and I pray for God’s Mercy and Grace for the 365 days that are ahead of me.  Now, I spend my New Year’s Eve worshipping and celebrating Our Father.  I’m not sure how you plan to spend yours but I pray you are looking for something spiritual and not magical.

May Your Steps Fulfill Their Purpose,

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