How did 2017 start for you?
Remember your New Years Day for a minute. How did you feel? What were you thinking? Doing?
The optimism that people sometimes share when reviewing their past year and looking ahead to make the new year “the best ever” and “own it” is great.
And it’s amazing how fresh January can feel, right?
But… our reality is; tomorrow isn’t so certain.
2016 reminded me of something critically important.
Nothing in this life is permanent.
And the only thing that’s certain is that tomorrow isn’t (and one other thing…)
While the past year was personally one of the most thrilling years of my life, it was also filled with sad news and mourning with those who mourn.
I attended my first ‘virtual’ funeral in the first few days of January. I couldn’t make it because it was out of town and I had a sick baby.
We had met in university, we shared the same faith, the same classes, the same hopes, the same hair colour. And we both wanted to be moms. In many ways, we were the same. Her battle with cancer could just have been mine. Why wasn’t it me?
So there I was, in the strange comfort of my own living room, watching an incredible dedication to an unspeakably beautiful woman. My 6 month old son snuggled into my arms, peacefully asleep. The fireplace keeping us warm and me – sobbing uncontrollably.
For the life of me, in that moment, I couldn’t understand why I was still here and she wasn’t.
Life is so not fair. Life is so temporary. Life makes no sense.
So not right.
Which leads me to this…
There is hope that this life is not all.
Because it’s so fragile. So temporary. So incomplete.
There are 2 important reminders that can change your day:
1. We can live in and love in the moment we’re in. What we do with today matters. It’s here now and we only get it once.
I’m admittedly not great at this, but want to be better.
2. Jesus actually IS certain. For those of us that believe Jesus is who he said he is, think about this a minute longer. He is the source of everything good and one day everything WILL be good. He’ll make us vibrant, eternal and complete. His love never changes, we can’t be separated from it.
And we can do nothing to achieve that. It is just by faith… more here. If you’re not sure where you put your faith right now, that’s ok too. I hope you’ve got the hope that this life is not all there is, and a curiosity that moves you to explore more. You are so unconditionally loved and your comments are welcome here! What do you think?
Friends, we’ve got today. This fragile, fleeting, incomplete day.
And today we can love, and today we have hope.
How does this change your day? Leave a comment.