"So this is Christmas, what have you done..." I know, I know! Christmas is over. I was thinking about what comes after those lines in the song by John Lennon. "Another year over and a new one just begun." Time seems to be going 100,000 miles per hour, it seems.  It feels like it was only a couple of years ago that I was playing Nintendo Mario Bros with my brother and Barbie dolls with my cousin. Another year has gone by and I got to thinking on those lyrics, "...what have you done... another year over..."

Everyone loves a new year. Why? Because it’s a time where you can start all over again. We love new beginnings. Starting over with a clean slate. New plans, new dreams and new goals. Hmm... a chance to start the year over afresh. Ahh! Didn't you just sigh at that? Of course you did! So did I. It gives us the feeling of being squeaky clean. As a matter of fact, we like that feeling so much that we try to make new beginnings all year long. It doesn't matter if its mid October, we always try to do something that will give us the feeling of starting over. Whether it be cleaning out the garage or moving to a new apartment. We like the feeling of the 1st of every month. We always promise ourselves that this time, we'll go through with our plans. We want to make new friends or smile more often. We want to finish reading that book and for once, to be on time! 

Now, I don't know about you, but if my new beginning gets ruined, the outcome is usually the same. If I begin a drawing and realize that, oh no! That detail is too big to fix! Nah! I simply rip the page and start over. Just like when I play Zuma on my computer. If I don’t make the first three balls count, the rest of my game is terrible! This symptom shows up in my New Year resolutions. It’s more than obvious that whatever you had planned gets overlooked. Why? Well, for starters, you might be staying at someone else’s home for the holidays. You throw caution in the air because you like having a good time. So it’s more than apparent that if one of your resolutions is to go to bed early… oh, what the heck! I’ll start tomorrow. You’ve started your diet that morning, and then your aunt Tess makes you favorite cheesecake and cherry pie. Oh, well! I’ll start my diet tomorrow. And so on and so forth. Has it occurred to you that you can begin your diet that same evening after you’ve eaten the pie? Instead of that 15 minute morning walk you skipped this morning, take a 5 minute one in the afternoon! I've realized that my outcome shouldn't suffer the same fate as my beginnings.

My point is that because our beginnings get ruined, our efforts to start something new don’t look and feel fresh anymore, but that doesn’t mean we should stop altogether and wait for next year! No! Start today! The reason I shared all of this is because we need to realize that we have new beginnings in every minute, every hour, every day, every week and every moth just as with a new year. So, what does this mean? Well, if you missed you Bible reading for the last five days, who cares! Don’t wait until next week or next month to do it. Start today! It doesn't matter if its the middle of the week. If you had an argument with your spouse, best friend or parents in the morning, fix it today! If that second piece of cake is just eating your conscience, then just drink an extra glass of water today! If you missed you prayer time, don’t worry. Start today! Do you see where this is going?

Let me tell you something that you might not already know. Tomorrow is never going to come and yesterday is gone forever. We are left with the TODAY! Why? Because we were meant to live each day as it comes. Just because you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, it doesn't mean that the rest of the day has to match your hair! Enjoy each day and each moment. The Word tells us that God made this day and that we should enjoy it.  Don’t let life pass you by muddling over yesterday. Yesterday is gone! And don’t spend your time worrying about tomorrow. Each day takes care of itself.  Live today! Live your life just the way God meant you to live. Smile, be kind to everyone, but most of all, let God use you today!

Happy New Year!