The New Year and Christmas. You might think I have the title in the wrong order! One of the top New Year's Resolutions
each year is to lose weight. A woman walked into her bathroom at home. As she did, she saw her husband weighing himself on the bathroom scales, sucking in his stomach. The woman thought to herself, "He thinks that he will weigh less by sucking in his stomach." So, the woman rather sarcastically said to her husband, "That's not going to help." Her husband said, "Sure it will. It's the only way I can see the numbers."
There is something special about a brand new year. There are fresh opportunities that await us as we go into the year 2018 with the help of God. We know that the past year is history, and the coming year is futuure, so we must look forward with anticipation to the coming year with assurance that God is interested in each one of us, and the mundane things which make up our lives! The evidence of that began with the birth of our Lord, that first Christmas - and God in Christ became man and shared our existence in this world.
To move on in our Journey we may have to move things out of the way - to see more clearly. Of course the permanent solution for the man in the bathroom is to lose weight. What stops us from seeing spiritually more clearly - pride? selfishness? lack of charity to others? harbouring grudges? etc.? All these we need to move out of the way. Back to Christmas - perhaps a self-help diet book might be useful for some! Most of us already have a self-help spiritual book - the Bible - perhaps we need to engage in a diet of Scripture!
Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Michael.