Sunday, December 30, 2012

It's Your Move


What if you were sitting on the edge of a chair and you had to make the hardest decision of your life? Maybe your head is in your lap. Maybe your eyes are closed and your chin is resting on the palm of your hand. Maybe you're against the back of your chair and you are relaxed in some odd way. If you were sitting on this chair, what would your position be? What would you be thinking about? It's your move...

-I can see an old man sitting in a weathered recliner who is coming close to the end of his days. He reviews his years of life and wonders if they were all worth it or not. He wonders if what they say about the after life is real or not.

-I see the young man sitting at the last seat of a bar, the night before his wedding. As his buddies throw back the drinks and have a blast; he considers what his life will be like tomorrow. He won't be at the bar with his buddies, he'll be with his life long partner that he vows to love forever. He wonders if marriage will be what he expects or not.

-I see myself sitting at the end of a hospital chair; awaiting the arrival of my first son. I can imagine my nerves being on edge, but having to stay calm and protected. I can see the feet of the people at the busy hospital moving past me, unaware of my thoughts. I wonder if I'll be able to be the father I hope to be or not.

And finally, I see opportunities. A new year almost always brings forth a new sense of excitement, but it might also be heavy with a lot of fear. I have many memories of the past six years or so and can think of all the new years. There are a few options to consider when starting a new year. Either you need to make some big changes to fix what you have done wrong or you need to stay consistent in the ways that have gone right. It's your move. Even if new changes come up, if things are going good overall then apply the similar ideas that are working. If there is anything we can take from the examples above it's this; stop worrying about your years past and move forward, enjoy the remaining years of your life. Of course life will change if you get married, but it will change for the good and make you a better person for it. And finally, have faith that the Father of all will teach you how to be a father to a little one. Overall keep a strong sense of FAITH in this new year. He is faithful and just, and will never give us more then we can handle.

"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong."  
-I Corinthians 16:13


What's your move this year?
Pray. Think. Act. And have a great New Year!

8 comments:

  1. One thing is for sure; there's always SOMETHING to think about!

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    1. Isn't that the truth... Have a great New Year!

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  2. A New Year does provide us the opportunity to make assessments about our goals in life and whether or not we need to make some changes relative to what we did the previous year. But the good news is that we have God on our side all the way. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you for the comment Frank! It is always good news that God is always on our side. Hope you and your family had a great New Years as well!

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  3. Every year we are faced with new opportunities and challenges. But to see the hand of God walking us through issues is simply amazing. I am reminded of Psalms 24-the whole chapter. We have entered this new year again with this King of Glory. Our daily challenges can only help us achieve one thing, to increase our faith and see His mighty work. Opportunities, the word rejoice comes to mind that He opens doors no one can shut. Another great post, enjoyed it.

    Rick Cubas

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    1. Thank you Rick! Great points listed above. I enjoyed working alongside you, and look forward to working together again. Hope you have a great start to the New Year!

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  4. Though changes have to be made, I like the fact you still pointed out how those examples of men "thought before acting". It shows a level of maturity and wisdom.

    Congrats again on the youngster, and prayers will be flowing for your whole family.

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    1. Great point and thanks for the comment. Maturity has definitely, it not obviously, been my path and needs to be for many men.

      Thank you for the prayers! He will be here any day now!

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