At the end of every year we usually hear the song, Auld Lang Syne, which means 'old times' or 'times gone by' based on a poem by Scottish poet, Robert Byrns.
It's good to reflect over the past year allowing hindsight to strengthen the future, but we can't dwell there because old times have passed away. Someone has rightly said there is no life in the land of regrets. It's a place of hopelessness and despair. But claiming God's grace and guidance for what lies ahead will enable us to be more than conquerors!
On New Year's Day I received an e-mail from a friend with a Resolution for the Year Ahead. It was so beautiful, I asked if I could share it. She granted permission saying it came from a January 2015 calendar, with no author credits.
A Resolution for the Year Ahead
I am a tenant on the earth, God,
a blessed soul to whom You've given a generous lease of life.
The rent? You've asked for none -
except that I have faith and live accordingly.
And so I dedicate this year to You, God,
with a promise to improve in spirit, mind, and body,
the aging property that bears my name.
This year I'll try to keep the house
where I reside as You would have me keep it:
structure firm, chambers clean,
windows shining from inside with such a light
that passersby will stop to ask,
"Who lives here?" or
"Who owns this lovely place?"
And I shall tell them with a humble nod,
"I'm just a tenant here.
The Owner, Who deserves your praise,
May God bless your week and new year!