New Year’s Pause


         The passing of an Old Year into a New Year provides men, women, and children with a blessed opportunity for evaluating the course of one’s life. 

         Charles Spurgeon writes regarding the usefulness of boundaries in time: “To leap from day to day like a mad hunter scouring the fields, is an omen of being delivered over to destruction; but the solemn pause, the deliberate consideration–these are means of grace and indicators of an indwelling life.  The tide of ocean stays a while at ebb before it resolves to flood again;  the moon sometimes lingers at the full; there are distinct hedges in nature set between the acres of time–even the strike of the bell is a little mound of warning; men should not remove landmarks, but sit down upon them and solemnly consider the passing away of days, and months, and years.”

         Too often we are so much like the caged rodent madly running on the circular treadmill, expending so much energy, but senselessly disregarding our course and purpose. 

         Sit down for a moment today and solemnly pause for consideration.  Another journey around the sun has passed.  You have pitched your tent another year closer to your final and eternal destination.  For where are you bound?  If you say “heavenward”, then have the past year’s travels indicated that you have indeed been walking on the narrow way which leads to life?  Or have you racked up so many miles on the broad road that this moment’s pause calls you to an immediate and radical change? 

         How is it with your soul?  Please don’t walk away from this post until you’ve given a serious answer.  Paul stood before governor Felix, “. . . discussing righteousness, self control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, ‘Go away for the present, and when I find time, I will summon you'” (Acts 24:25).  There is no time like the present.  Who can boast of tomorrow, let alone of another New Year?

About savedbygrace1976

Mark Chanski (author of Manly Dominion; Womanly Dominion; and Encouragement: Adrenaline for the Soul) has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of Harbor Church in Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He has also been elected as Coordinator of the Reformed Baptist Network. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He teaches Hermeneutics for the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Sacramento, CA. Mark is married to his wife Dianne, and has fathered their four sons and one daughter, whose ages stretch from 36 to 26 (born 1983 to 1994).
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