Goodbye 2011 and Hello 2012….

The following are letters to the year 2011…..and 2012….

Dear 2011,

I hope you have enjoyed yourself.  You have been granted 365 days and your time has come to an end.  I would like to take this time and let you know how our relationship grew over the past 365 days.  First, we started out making goals.  They seemed almost impossible, but as time went on, it appeared we were going to make them.  Second, God has used you in so many ways.  He allowed you to show me that patience is key when going after things that are important.  He also allowed you to show me that laziness is not part of your plan.  It appears that God made you exactly as you should be made.  This is why I would like to thank you for your time.  You have given your time as a gift.  You didn’t require anything from me.  You didn’t beg me to show you how much I love you.  All you did was have compassion on me when I needed it.  You allowed me to grow in every way. I know you don’t desire the credit, but you deserve it.  You have shown the love of Christ in the way you lived.  Patient.  Compassionate.  Loving.  Living.  These are only some of the ways God has shown Himself through you.  As your journey has come to an end, you will be remembered as a good year.  Thank you.

J.D.

Dear 2012,

Your predecessor, 2011, was a good year.  I hope that you will be the same.  However, I understand that God will use you for whatever He desires.  He will mold your time as He sees fit.  You will have good times and bad times.  You will have sick times and healthy times.  Some of your days will seem long and some short.  You will have 24 hours to do what you have set out to do that day.  We will have to work together, as I did with 2011.  That is why I share my goals with you.  Don’t be too hard on me, just enough that I remember that God made us and He is watching over us.  Whatever, you have planned, do as 2011 did.  Teach us to be more patient.  Teach us to go after what we want to achieve.  Allow us the proper time to share our lives with the one’s we love, and the one’s we don’t even know yet.  Even though there are rumors that your time will be short, we all know that God is in control and will give to you the days He has ordained.  You have one advantage.  You have 366 days this year.  You have been given one extra day to achieve with us what we agree upon.  Let us both make the time we need to accomplish all we set out to do.

Sincerely,

J.D.

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Most people would find it strange that I wrote to both 2011 and 2012.  However, there is a deeper meaning to all of this.  Time has been created by God.  He created day and night to show us that time is not forever.  We only have a certain period of time before He calls us home.  May we all take time to serve others, love others and listen to others before we do anything for ourselves.

As you do your search for meaning this coming year, please take some time to talk with God.  Just look up and say, “God please let me know You are real.  Show me what You want from me.”  Then pick up a Bible and read the book of John.  You will discover God is real.  God is looking for you.  God is wanting you to open your heart to Him.  You can’t change on your own.  You need Him.  Only God can change your heart.  Only God can change your DNA.  Only God can bring you to the place where you want to be.

God is not a vending machine.  Only when you search for Him will He show you what He desires from you.  Only when you search for Him will you find satisfaction and joy.  You will start to find that your goals are really His goals.  You will be so happy to do what He wants.  Joy will fill your life.  Happiness will complete your soul.  Satisfaction and contentment will serve you in ways you never discovered before.

Say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012.  Search for true meaning in life through God this year.  Make your goals, give them to God and allow Him to work in your life.  God bless and encourage someone today.

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