Now On to Another Year

What is in a year? Heartache, drama, sickness, pain, moves, death, new life, promotion, success, these and more.
What do you expect in the coming year? More of the same, a new leaf? Isn’t it interesting that so many make themselves promises that are doomed from the moment they are conceived? Why? They are not specific. Like, “I want to lose weight!” no you don’t, not specific, but by changing three words in that “promise”, success is achievable, “I will lose 15 pounds!” success will become more likely. You see, we live in a world of non-specifics, and it is a world of non-success. By defining your goals, you put success into it.
When you say, “I want to live a better life!” What does that mean? How do you achieve it? It is non-specific, therefore it is not achievable. What IS a better life? More stuff? Perhaps it is less stuff. Ever think of that? But again it is not achievable because it doesn’t mean anything.
I can give you a hint of what a better life is, however, that would be my view of a better life. But, I will give it anyway.
A better life can be achieved, by giving your life away. It is a sad fact that most try to hang onto everything they have for dear life. This is a sad edict on humanity, for nothing is truly ours. It will belong to someone else when we die. It is only on loan, and we are stewards of it at best. Most of it ends up clogging a landfill. But, it does not have to be that way.
The most fulfilled life is one given away to others, more specifically, one that is used to help others less fortunate than oneself. It is given personally, not taken by mandate of the government. It is giving food to the hungry, giving glasses to those with poor eyesight, time to those who have no one to talk to, a ride to someone who needs it. It is taking some of that stuff in storage that you will not use again and donating to an organization that helps troubled youth with proceeds from it’s sell.
I have been in the process of getting my home ready for sale. I cannot believe the amount of accumulated junk (in my opinion, but salable items in a charity’s opinion) that I have looked through and given away. I still have more to go. It is teaching me a lesson about life here in the US. We hoard things, stuff we don’t even know we have, when, we should either use it or give it away to someone who will. Now, some will say, why not sell it? What would you do with the money? Buy more stuff that will become meaningless to you?
Real LIFE does not come by accumulating, but by giving of yourself. You know who did that for all of us? Jesus. He laid down his life, so that we might have life, a more abundant life, that is, a life full of meaning. He mentored us, he showed us what to do to have a meaningful life, one that really counts, one of happiness, and peace, and fulfillment. He gave his life away, for joy.
Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 He also told us that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend.
I hope you specifically determine to give your life away this year, to touch another life in such a way as to help them have a better life themselves, see if that gives you more joy that all that stuff in boxes you have forgotten you have.


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