December 29th, 2017
Every new year brings a chance to mark the passage of time, reflect on the past, and embrace the future. Some of write regrets on paper and burn them, some of us party into the wee morning hours, while others struggle to stay awake to watch the clock hands move past twelve; we make resolutions, only to soon break them; we promise to do better, try harder, be better, but oftentimes fall short, or life, itself, gets in the way.
Humor relieves the stress of life and its potpourri of experiences by augmenting the good, helping to heal the inevitable scars of time, and pointing out life’s absurdities. Humor allows us to not take ourselves or our lives too seriously. It helps us to see the bigger picture and to develop generosity of spirit not only towards ourselves and our shortcomings but also towards others, which is certainly a good way to start a new year.
Following are some humorous quotes to start your New Year off smiling:
“New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.” Mark Twain
“Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.” Bill Vaughn
“Leave the sorrows, pain, and sadness behind and let’s welcome the brand New Year with a smile.”
“Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits.” Anonymous
December 27th, 2017
Do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
On Monday many of us will wish each other a “Happy New Year!” But as we begin a new year, we need more than a hopeful greeting from the people around us. We need to listen to what God told Joshua about 3,400 years ago. As Joshua was about to lead God’s people into the promised land, he had plenty of reasons to be afraid. He had an enormous task ahead of him, and he was aware of the dangers that he and the people would soon be facing.
He needed God’s encouragement. A new year brings lots of questions: Will our health hold? Will our marriage last? Will I be able to hang on to my job? Will I get into the right school? Will I live to see the end of this year? Will the economy improve? Will there be a terrorist attack or some natural disaster that takes me or my loved ones? The Creator of the universe comes to us and says, “Don’t be afraid; don’t be discouraged.”
What happens in this coming year is not left to chance. God is in charge, and he promises to stay close: “The LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Many years later, the Lord Jesus made the same promise when he said, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). Therefore, we can feel confident wishing each other a “Happy New Year!”
Wishing all my friends and family a blessed New Year full of peace, laughter, prosperity and health.
December 27th, 2014
Christmas passed like a red, green and gold blur of lights, wrapping paper, and familiar carols again this year. Maybe you were bombarded by gift lists, holiday programming, church pageants, and relatives making it feel like the most blessed of season was more of a Florida hurricane.
As Christmas commences this frenzy can produce physical, emotional and financial overload instead of joy and peace. With all the activity and sensory stimulation, it’s no surprise that some become “thrill junkies”. It’s a strange response to Christ’s humble birth when you think about it.
Yet something we desperately need is to be quiet and observant instead of constant stimulation. We need to learn that tranquility is to be cherished as a time to seek God’s peace. It’s amazing how much we can miss when we don’t take the time to be still.
Stopping in the midst of a hectic schedule and looking for ways God is working in our lives is an immensely valuable practice. It’s in the simple things that He chooses to display His glory, in the everyday occurrences of life. Ordinary things are used to display His glory and power to remind us He is still at work all around us in the humble day to day goings on.
Therefore, going into the New Year, enjoy moments of silence and meditate upon God’s character. Learn to look for Him and to anticipate His glory in the most unexpected places. In doing so you’ll strengthen the foundation of your relationship with Jesus. Isn’t that what the first Christmas was supposed to be about anyway?
January 4th, 2014
As in many homes on New Year’s Day, Janet and Nigel, a happy couple, faced the annual conflict of which was more important: the football game on television, or the lunch itself.
Hoping to keep the peace Nigel ate lunch with the rest of the family, and even lingered for some pleasant after-lunch chat before retiring to the couch to turn on the television.
Some time later, Janet looked in to see how he was and graciously even bought a cold drink to Nigel. She smiled, kissed him on the cheek and asked what the score was. Nigel told her it was half time and that the score was still 0-0.
‘See?’ Janet said happily, ‘You didn’t miss a thing.’ LOL!!
New Year’s Resolutions by Fido
- I will not bark each time I see or hear a dog on TV.
- I will not steal underwear belonging to my mistress and then dance all over the back yard with it.
- I will not chew red crayons or pens, because my master will think that I am haemorrhaging.
- I will not roll my toys behind the fridge.
- I must shake the rainwater out of my coat BEFORE I enter the house.
January 3rd, 2014
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” Luke 1:46-49
It’s my first morning home after visiting my family for Christmas. I feel a bit sad and lonely. I was thinking it’s always sad, isn’t it? Christmas is over, the company leaves and you’re left taking down the decorations and putting everything away for the next 11 months. It’s like we experience this tremendous Christmas high that crashes to the ground after New Years day.
Unfortunately, that’s the way many Christians live their spiritual life. They’re just waiting for the next big event so they can get their feel-good fix. But Mary’s first Christmas was anything but feel-good.
Mary sang and praised God for the same reasons that we ought to be singing every day of the year. She sang because of her salvation. Mary knew the challenges that were on the horizon and was getting ready to face some severe scrutiny for turning up pregnant and unwed! And never mind the anguish she was going to cause her family, who would be forced to disown her or face the same rejection.
True praise isn’t grounded in your circumstances. So as you unwind from Christmas, don’t just settle back into business as usual. Take something special from this Christmas like a better appreciation of who Christ is and what he did for you. Because while you may celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th, you should experience the life of Christ every day as he lives through you.