Makin’ a List; Checkin’ It Twice

Makin’ a list, checkin’ it twice.  Yup, here I am again making my New Year’s resolution list.  My daughter told me about attending a party where you list your failings of 2011 and  burn them; then, on another sheet of paper, list your 2012 New Year’s Resolutions.  I guess it’s OK as long  as I remember that the windshield of a car is much larger than the rearview mirror for a reason.  The past is never as important as my future.

There’s something about facing the clean slate of a new year that brings out the philosopher in me.  As I itemize my usual yearly dreams for 2012–lose weight, exercise more, spend more time with family and friends, write the new book fomenting in my mind, etc., I think how different my list would be if I were to anticipate my first year in heaven.  It would definately begin with spending lots of time “loving on Jesus;” traveling to distant planets;  collecting “green” art for my new mansion; reviewing the virtual-reality, video clips of my life; chatting with Eve (Oh, do I have questions for her!); learning how to operated my new wings; deep sea diving without a tank… My list goes on.  How about yours?  Instead of making New Year’s Resolution for this earth, expand your imagination with the possibilities in the world to come.  Not only will it be a great stimulus for the brain but will help you focus on what’s really important.

“…this one thing I do. forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13,14 KJV

The Message paraphrase puts verse 14 like this,I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beaconing [me] onward to Jesus.  I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”

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