The Heart of a New Year

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  • There’s something very spiritual and powerful about the end of the year and the beginning of a new one. I’m not simply reflecting on the Christmas holiday because, in all truth, the way we celebrate it is not very pure. We say Jesus is the reason for the season, but in essence, if Jesus is in your life, it’s not seasonal at all.

    However, this time symbolically and literally reflects something that’s ending and something that’s starting anew. We must all consider what’s working well or not working at all in our lives and thus make decisions about where we want to go from here.

    For so many of us, the circumstances are such that we often don’t know if we’re going or coming because it feels as if we are not in control of certain circumstances. In these situations, there actually is something we can control – ourselves.

    I know it’s hard to get into the spirit of the holiday if your money, your honey or both are acting funny. Those two situations alone are enough to make you feel out of control, right? To the point where you can’t even eat or sleep properly because your heart aches or your spirit can’t rest due to worry. I know what both of those places feel like because I’ve been deep into the dark place of personal pain before, and it’s not easy.

    We all have pity parties, but it’s not a place that you can stay very long because that turns into depression. I believe that it is virtually impossible to enjoy life if you don’t have peace. So how do we rise above the strain and struggle in order to get on our path of new beginnings? I submit, that it’s love.

    In 1 Corinthians 13, this is how love is defined. Read it, and then re-read it:

    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

    Powerful, right? So you see, no matter who done ya wrong, no matter what you didn’t get for Christmas or who didn’t show up for you, if love in its truest form prevails, in the end, all will be good with you.

    As we end one year, and step into a new one. Please let love begin anew in you, for you, and pass it on to everyone who comes your way, even if they don’t love you back. I know that’s a tall order, but spreading love is a good thing, and it will come back to you. Plus, if you think about it, isn’t that what God does for us everyday?

    Peace on Earth to All!

    Deya “Direct” Smith, is a TJMS producer and can be reached directly at DeyaDirect@aol.com

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