Food for thought – Perhaps we should change our expectations and agendas for this new year and adapt the concepts in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NASB).
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven – A time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; a time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.
Let the re-birth of democracy and love for the Constitution replace the death of socialism in our nation.
Let us plant the seeds of faith, truth and hope in our hearts and weed out hatred, division, and destructive anger.
Let there be less killing of people and more time of healing relationships in our nation.
Let us tear down those barriers of division and build up freedom, respect and hope for the future both at home and abroad.
Let us weep for all those loved ones that were lost to violence and Covid and learn to smile and laugh again.
Let us let God help us with healing our broken hearts over everyone/ every-thing we have lost and dance for joy at the glorious potential for this new year.
Let us cease to throw stones at everyone and everything that we disagree with and gather together the stones/states in unity once more.
Let us stop shunning one another and embrace each other with dignity and respect.
Let us know how long we are to search for what we have lost and when to stop that searching and move forward.
Let us discern what to keep in our minds and hearts and what to throw away (all hatred and division).
Let us stop tearing everything apart and sew back together our nation’s fabric.
Let us know when to speak and when to keep silent.
Let us always remember that it is never a time to hate but always time to forgive and love one another.
Let us no longer compromise or go to war over our political preferences and let us work together in peaceful respect “to agree to disagree.”
That’s a tall order but with God’s grace, 2022 can be a year of hope for our nation! But it all has to start with you. Don’t wait for others. Let it begin with you! Our nation can become great again, but it starts with “you” being great again. And you already know what needs to change about you in 2022, no one needs to tell you. Let 2022 see the best “you” there is. Give people reason to say, ”Boy, they’ve really changed.” Let kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity, and love be your mantra. And when people see who you have become, they will want to become more like you, too. So, join me, won’t you? Let’s change the world! Here’s to me and you in 22, making a difference!
And then, you and me in 23!!
Happy New Year!!
Blessings, Joyce and Steve