Another New Year’s Day … hopeful thoughts for a better year this time.
Two big events in 2010 were unexpected and unplanned. How do you plan for a lung tumor, surgery and a lonnnggg recovery period? And then there was the issue with our grandchildren last fall. I’m still not over that one.
Many people are cynical about New Year’s resolutions and the hope that this time things will be different. That I’ll be different.
“I do not understand what I do; for I don’t do what I would like to do, but instead I do what I hate.” Romans 7: 15
“I know that good does not live in me – that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it. I don’t do the good I want to do, instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do.” Romans 7:18
“What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ!” Romans 7:24
(All from the Good News New Testament)
I’ve tried to leave cynicism behind because it’s unproductive and actually destructive. It’s just not much fun to be around someone who’s cynical or sarcastic.
So, even though I don’t know what 2011 holds, I know who holds it.
I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW (1950)
words and music by Ira Stanphill
I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day;
I don’t borrow from it’s sunshine,
For it’s skies may turn to gray.
I don’t worry o’er the future, For I know what Jesus said;
And today I’ll walk beside Him, For He knows what lies ahead
Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand;
But I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand
If Ira Stanphill’s name sounds familiar, maybe it’s because he wrote some of the great songs of our faith, like Mansion Over the Hilltop,
Room at the Cross
and Come Home It’s Suppertime.
Go here to for Alison Krauss’ version on youtube.