I love the phrase, "Knowing What you Don't Know." It's the epitome of honesty, don't you think? Being someone able to look at your life, and know you don't have all the answers, you don't have all the right angles, and in fact; sometimes you're just plain wrong, these are essential ingredients to beginning new and fresh in the New Year.
The Mistake most people make in analyzing last year's successes and failures is just that, they don't have the fortitude to look at the broken branches. We love new growth. We love strong limbs. But sometimes we just don't take the well deserved time to notice, mend, or just plain cut off the branches that aren't working.
As you took some time yesterday to look at the successes of 2009, take the same look at the failures. Look at the times when you intended good, but it worked out a different way than you expected.
I've worked on several relationships I thought would have worked out a different way.
I've tried to mend my marriage in ways I thought would be beneficial, but for some reason, they didn't tend to translate to Jamie.
I had grand visions of 2009 being a new year to connect with my kids in various ways, but they turned out either not to have the right time, or they weren't exactly the needs my kids were looking for.
Ok, so my plans didn't work out.
No big deal.
We just mend the plan, and try again next time.
I remember reading of Thomas Edison's invention of the light bulb. Did you know Edison tested over 1,500 different materials to find the right filament to burn inside the glass bulb? 1500 times? I'm sure Edison was discouraged at some point in the experiments, but think about what a revolution the light bulb has caused over the world today. You'd be hard pressed to find a civilization alive on the planet today still using candles and flame as the source of light. 1500 tries, and 1 changed the world.
So, as you're looking at 2010, trying to decide what you want this new year to be, don't be afraid of the 1500, keep looking for the 1. Keep trying to hit the one thing that God created you for.
Paul said it like this, "I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But
I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously
reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count
myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where
God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not
turning back." (Phil. 3:13-14)
Are you ready to forget about the personal failures of the past?
Can you look forward to the future?
The beauty of new life lies in the hope we have for the future.
Look deep into the heart of what you don't know, and let it go.
For it is the hope of the new that gives us a fresh new start.