New Year


Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good story.      Brad Paisley

What will your story be in the coming year? None of us can know for sure what the next year will bring. But how we approach our story will have a great effect on what is written.

In this age of instant communication, real time news and the ability be in almost constant conmunication we tend to focus on what is wrong in our world. We are not naive the meat and potatoes of news reporting has always been the bad things that happen. Headlines in print media, social media, or online media rarely began with “just in, something great happened today.” With a steady diet of everything that’s wrong in the world we begin to lose our optimism and most importantly our hope. Our personal stories are greatly influenced by what’s going on around us.

I would encourage you  (and this is also a message to myself) if there’s one New Year’s resolution you would make it would be this. Take time everyday to be thankful and grateful for the good things you have. Family, friends, a good job, a safe home, a future. Take time to celebrate the small things that make life good and when the bad that is in the world invades your space don’t be anxious discouraged or depressed instead pray. I recently heard a quote that when you’re anxious afraid or worried it’s a signal to pray.

And as your story is written over the next year, even though there may be things that are out of your control I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t have a good ending.

Wishing all of you a blessed and prosperous 2019.



“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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