“Look as far as you can see in every direction – north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you.” Genesis 13:14,15 NLT
We stand at the beginning of a new year without knowing what is ahead. It could be a year filled with promises waiting to be fulfilled or a year of difficulties with ill health or sadness. None of us know what is ahead, and most of us are wise enough to know that life can change for any one of us in an instant.
At this moment, you stand at the beginning of a new year with its months, weeks, days, hours and even minutes waiting to be filled. Each minute that comes and goes is a moment you will never see again for the rest of your life. What are you going to do with it?
Have you ever thought about the number of hours you sit in front of a screen? I am not talking about work but pleasure. Watching TV, gaming or surfing the net: every hour is an hour that you will never see again. Keep a note of how much time you spend watching and gaming in a week. You might be in for a shock! Multiply that by 52, and you have the number of hours you waste in a year.
Everyone needs to relax and unwind from the day's activities, but bad habits develop quickly, and if we aren’t careful, we have little to show for our precious free time.
This day, you stand at the beginning of a new year. Look into it as far as your eye can see. See the days, weeks and months before you. Like the land that Abraham could see stretching before him, He is giving you all this time. Your year stretches out in front of you. Each day is precious. Each evening spent with family, in church or out with friends is irreplaceable. It is beyond price.
There will come a day when your time will have run out. Your hours and days will end, and, if you are lucky enough, you may have time to reflect on the good and wasted years.
Let 2024 be precious to you. Use each moment wisely. Make time to relax and enjoy yourself, but in the midst of it, learn to appreciate each minute, for it will never return. Once it is past, it is history. Let 2024 be a year of fruitfulness and blessing for you.
‘Teach us to number each of our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom.’ Psalm 90:12 NIV