at the starting line

Every story has a beginning, middle, and end; a main character, adversary, and hero. In every good book you usually find conflict and resolution, good verses evil. Most of us like rooting for the underdog, we hope good will win; however, that is not always the case. Sometimes the hero meets with death, the ending is not always a happy one. In every race all the runners line up at the starting line, they are all on a equal footing; yet, only one will eventually win the race. The one who becomes the winner will have prepared for the challenge beyond his physical limits.

Most of us when we come to the end of the year find ourselves reflecting on our lives. We think about those we have lost to death, the mistakes we’ve made, babies born, tears cried in joy and sorrow, friendships gained and lost, and what the new year will bring. We make resolutions to guide us in the new year, unfortunately; they are often forgotten shortly after the year begins. While the starting line of a new year looms on the horizon, so many prepare to say goodbye to the year that is leaving. We anticipate all the festivities to be attended, joyous moments with friends and families, food and football.

I would like to suggest in your reflections remember how you have survived through another year; how your Heavenly Father has given you breath each day of the year, provided our needs, granted you His protection, kept you from unseen danger, forgiven your sins and continues to shine His love on you. Instead of preparing to celebrate at a party to bring in the new year, consider meeting with our Heavenly Father in prayer. Let us bow before Him in thanksgiving being grateful for the sacrifice of His son, renewed life, forgiveness of sins and the opportunity to stand at the starting line of a new year. My prayer is that you will take hold of His hand and allow Him to lead you through the coming year.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace.

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