Mr. Whiskers and I have kept a close watch on the clock as it ticked toward the beginning of 2013. Even though the morning of January 1st is no different than any other, it feels like a fresh opportunity to start off again. Psalm 84:5 says, "Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage." A pilgrim has a destination.
Everyone who starts off on a journey intends to complete the trip. No one plans to stop off somewhere along the route for a bit and then return home. It's important that we fulfill our God-given goals. We can look back on the way we've come and see adjustments that will get us back on track if we've veered off a tad.
We all have multiple areas in which we want to improve in the new year relating to work as well as spiritual and physical well-being. Those special desserts ensconced in our family's Christmas traditions were as effective as ever in adding unwanted numerals on the scale. In that department I need more than a course correction. For a few weeks the second course and I have to part company. Of all the good things the Holy Spirit provides, it's the fruit of self-control I need to munch on the most. (Galatians 5:22,23) My ginger puss has made some changes in his diet too. He's into African violet blooms, a cat's equivalent of salad greens for humans?
In Christ we have all we need to embark on this new segment of our journey. I pray we'll be sensitive to know when He's nudging us to stay on the best course He's set for each one this new year.