How to have a great year (Part 2)


“There’s nothing new on this earth.
    Year after year it’s the same old thing.
Does someone call out, “Hey, this is new”?
    Don’t get excited—it’s the same old story”

(Eccl 1:9, The Message).


One way to be sure you have a great year is to live each day like it’s your last. This may mean different things to different people; for some, it implies that you enjoy everything that needs to be enjoyed, buy everything that can be bought and do whatever makes you happy. In fact, as a popular phrase goes, life is short, have an affair. But that is not how a Christians thinks. He understands that even life on the earth might be short, eternity is forever, and we must do things in this life that will count for eternity.


Let’s take a look at the rich fool in Luke 12:15-21:  “And he (Jesus) said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:  And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?   And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”


Can you count how many times the word ‘I’ was used here? Do your new year resolutions look that way? Are they all about you?  Be rich towards God in this year. Don’t just make plans for yourself. How can you be a blessing to others? Set aside a budget to help those who don’t have. Make plans to mentor younger ones. Invest in the propagation of the gospel. That’s how to have a great year.