Not everyone is given an opportunity to live another year, and so I learned.
Two weeks after New Year, I was still contemplating whether I should start 2013 blogging about resolutions and goals to achieve. I did, but personally; I just didn’t feel the need to write down on my blog my thoughts for this year. Instead of blogging, I turned to cleaning–house cleaning, spiritual cleaning, desk cleaning…
Last Jan. 1, 2012, I wrote about Looking Ahead vs. Looking Back as my first entry for New year (https://strickenwithwanderlust.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/new-year). And I’m reiterating my previous stand: that I really don’t believe making NY’s resolutions is achievable.
What I have, I wrote, instead, are my faith goals which our pastors in my local church urged us to do. I’ve been listing since Christmas. I wrote down on paper what I wanted to achieve for this year. More travel opportunities, financial breakthroughs, health, a career boost–almost every area in my life that I wanted to improve–but still there is something lacking in my list.
I was about to check it out, when suddenly I came across a news flash report detailing the funeral of the four year-old girl who succumbed to death after she was hit by a stray bullet. Earlier, Jan. 1, a little boy also died when he was hit in the head due to indiscriminate firing. Somebody fired a gun randomly during the revelry and cost the lives of these children. While others were reported injured due to firecrackers, the families of these children started the year 2013 in tragedy. It even started a debate on the necessity of a total gun ban in the Philippines. It’s an outburst much similar to the aftermath of the Connecticut rampage where hundreds of school children died in the hands of a troubled soul.
Almost at the same time, I heard of a survey showing that most Filipinos are vowing to eat and live healthier, so diet and exercise came to the fore. That’s a good report considering the Aquino government is about to begin implementing the sin tax reform law (which raises excise taxes on alcohol and cigarette products) and the reproductive health law.
It’s also refreshing to hear predictions that 2013 would be a good year. Financial analysts say this is a good time to invest.
Not everyone, though joined in the revelry. Victims of calamity in Mindanao did not have the strength to celebrate Christmas. But even them were all hopeful of a better life by 2013.
Things and events such as this remind us time and again why people make every effort to achieve longevity despite the knowledge that life is short. Life indeed is precious. It is given by God and we have the responsibility to take care of our life and cherish this gift given to us from above.
Yet, we too, as Christians, have a responsibility look out for the life of our brethren particularly those who are in dire need of help.
Times and seasons change and life is unpredictable. Living for ourselves does not suffice. So, I added to my faith goal list more opportunities where I could help and reach out to others. This year, it’s going to be less of me. I included this to my list of faith goals along with my other personal prayers.
I have come to realize that as much as I have laid out plans for myself, this new year is about thinking less of myself and more of Him. Trusting His timing, trusting His wisdom, trusting His calling…
I clasped my hands at the back of my head after doing this. I wanted to bask in the glory of facing 2013 like what I am doing right now. Relax and easy. Now, it’s up to the Lord. He knows the future. He knows what’s best.
I’m ending this entry with a passage in the Bible that I hope would strengthen us in moments of musing each time we reflect on New Year.
Ecclesiastes 3 —
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven…
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot…
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build…
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance…
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain…
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away…
a time to tear and a time to mend,
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…
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.
I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.
God does it so that people will fear him…
Happy 2013, everyone! 😀