If you’re gonna celebrate New Year – ya better hurry up about it.

After anticipating Christmas for months, New Year’s comes just that quickly and then the world moves on to Valentine’s Day.  Just like that we sing “Auld Lang Sine” then move into baskets full of “Sweetheart” candies.  In fact, there are a couple of New Year’s Eve celebrations I barely remember at all (we better not get into the reasons for that here).

One thing about celebrating New Year’s I do always look forward to are the endless end of the year lists:

  • Time Magazine’s Person of the Year
  • Casey Kasem’s The Nation’s Most Popular Songs for the Year
  • News Stories of the Year
  • Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman / Sportswoman of the Year
  • The Top 25 “You Tube” Video clips
  • Top 10 Stupid Criminal Stories
  • The Best Selling books for the year 2017
  • I even saw, “Our Favorite Miley Cyrus Moments of the Year”

This is the time to look back and to take some accounting. We thank God for what has passed in the last 12 months and look back at what and who held us up in the tough times.

What have been some of your top 10 moments this year?

Who have you shared them with?

Have you shown those people how important they are to you, just how much you love and appreciate them?

What Bible stories have touched you this year?

Is there a sermon or study or devotion you really remember?

What are the “best” sacred songs you heard or sang along with this year?

What have been the top moments at church, school, work and play for you?

You can even ask: What have been the hardest moments?

Who and what helped you get through them?

Our personal lists can be as endless as those provided by our culture. Only I’m sure none of ours has a “Miley Moment” – but plenty of Jesus Moments.

And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. – Colossians 3;17