Saturday, January 3, 2015

What is new for the New Year.

This is about to get real.

Welcome to 2015 with no resolutions but some simple goals or purposes for my life going forward.  
For instance:  Having not been to the Casino for a while (short while) I went on New Years eve for a particular purpose.  Over the past twenty one (yes 21, I counted them) years I have been a fixture at the local casino.  Some times I was there 27 out of 31 days in a month.  "It's my entertainment" would be my response to anyone who judged.  Having little "purpose" in my life, it was alright for me to spend hours watching the wheels go round.  Like the chicken pecking at the bell in hopes of getting some seed, I was occasionally rewarded with a win.  Yet, at the end of the year I was always a loser. Well, "It's my entertainment".  

Midnight December 31, 2014 I hit the button and watched the reels go round for the last time as a compulsive gambler.  No longer do I desire to waste both time and money in the pursuit of oblivion. 
God has given me new aspirations for the future and new places to expend the resources he has given me.  Not just my money, but my time and my energy.  It is my intention to spend more time in the Word of God, more energy in praising him in various ways and more resources in honoring him.

Also new, looking at the very real possibility of being "back on the road again".  More about that as the adventure begins again.

Attempting to write more.  That will include this blog, my website which should be up this week ( notes on FB  and possibly the story some of my children have encouraged me to write for a long time.

The following is a FB post from today.  These thoughts are mine and I take full responsibility for them, be they accurate, correct, or not to your liking.  They are what I am thinking. If you are old enough you might understand the admonition to "never give him a soap-box".

FB post:
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.   Psalm 118:24
Something to think about as we move into the NEW YEAR.  This day we see before us is one that the LORD has made.  This day is perfectly created just for us.  How good or bad it turns out depends mostly on our walk with God.  If we start the day spending time with Jesus, in the Word of God and in prayer, we will find the day full of joy and blessings.  Even the troubles will be easier to deal with, walking hand in hand with our LORD. 
The Psalmist does not suggest we may be happy in the day. An order is given “we WILL rejoice and be glad in it” No matter what is set before you this day, thank God and praise Him who made the day and everything in it.  If it is a challenge to overcome, we can with God’s help.  If it is a blessing, praise Him from whom all blessings flow.  Tell others why you are so “Happy” in the “New Year”.
Try to bring the name of GOD into every conversation.  You do not have to preach, just say something like:  “Praise God” or “This is a beautiful day that God has made” or “Jesus has given me so much to be thankful for”.  Use your imagination to find ways to bring the name of God into every conversation or salutation.  The world does, cursing and blaspheming the name of God.  Let us “rejoice and be glad in it” giving God the praise for the day that He has given us.

My daughter Noelle's niece in Utah just gave birth to a little boy Killin Everly who looks surprised to see us.

Under the heading of you don't have to like it, you don't have to agree with all of the song, there are parts i would prefer were worded different.  However,  the message that "life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone" is what I want you to hear.  If you are still living you can get the thrill back.  I am.  
OK OK I sat down here at 0730 to read a little , comment on FB a little, post a little and it is 1043 already.  Think I will get something to eat.

Later, Gator.Oh, wait.  It is the Seminoles that are late....

1 comment:

  1. Love you and pray for your perseverance in keeping away from your old entertainment and to begin traveling. I'm happy in the new year, today at least, that you are still with us.