Dear New Year,
Is it ever daunting to you to have everyone have such high expectations of you? I would be suppressed with worry if I had a barrage of people counting on me to bring great things…
I have high hopes for the year, but I have no way to predict what will happen; it`s rather exciting, isn’t it? Like a great adventure in a fairy story. Or a new book unopened, which holds great promise of being an exciting novel. Even though a certain amount of mystery is pleasant, curiosity of what is to come is so unsatisfying I would rather dodge thinking of it, eh?
I would love to take more pictures this year with my pretty little Nikon camera. I go between different phases of taking pictures all the time and then none at all. There is a saying that keeps jumping up to me. I get tired of hearing it, but no matter how I rebel, it stays the same. “Practice makes perfect.” I would like to improve in photography; henceforth, I should practice, and I have been, more or less steadily. For a plus, it`s fun and I can look back on my photos and see my improvement.
I also want to have joy this year. Sometimes joy can even come up in sad times in life; at those times you are still sad, you just have a certain peace about you because of God`s complete presence in you. I guess it wraps up also with trust–an overwhelming, self-abandonment to God. I imagine it like a drop of water in a waterfall, not afraid in any way to fling itself over the side of the cliff because it knows a steady connection of water will catch it and hold it safe and tight at the bottom. How free it is.
…what do you think, New Year? What gorgeous new treasure awaits me to discover in this year? In this day? Hour? The mere thought makes me ambitious and ready to move forth with a jump in my step. This year is like that fresh new notebook you get at the start of a school year. I can visualize in the same way my life`s sin being swept away like brushing away the crumbs off the paper from a pencil`s eraser because I have a new life in Christ. A new identity. Now, the next thing I need to learn is to remember to write