Many people say that 2019 was a difficult year and express the hope that 2020 will be much better. Others believe that 2020 may even be more chaotic than 2019.
But who knows what the New Year will hold?
Seems to be an age old question because in 1956 Doris Day, in her song Que Sera already asked “What lies ahead?” and then answers “Whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours to see.”
But 2020 is a clean slate for each of us to write on.
Following the news it is evident that we have differing views on what we would like to be written on our clean slate during 2020 and it seems that the old adage of the greener grass on the other side, remains as true as ever before.
Prince Harry and Meghan
Prince Harry and Meghan thinks that to go out and work for a living, is the green grass on the other side of the fence. We that already work for a living think that the life in the palace, although somewhat restricted by protocol, is for sure the greenest grass beyond any fence.
Well Prince Harry can decide to move to our side where he thinks is paradise; just a shame I cannot move to his “miserable” side of the fence. Unfortunately one has to be born on his side of the fence to obtain the privileges that he grew up with. You cannot buy yourself a position in there, perhaps a good wedding may help.
People say that if your father is poor it is not your mistake, but if your father-in-law is poor, it is your own mistake. Perhaps Meghan can say she married a prince, but it seems like it may be a short lived luxury the way they handle their privileges.
Perhaps their business venture with their Sussex Royal brand will be a huge success, or
perhaps they may realise where money really comes from;
“In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread.” (Gen 3:19)
# Back to the clean slate each of us can write on in 2020.
I am not one for New Year’s resolutions. We are all prone to not always make the wisest decisions. In the Bible, Paul in 1 Corinthians 3 compares our writing on a clean slate with building on a foundation.
In verses 10 – 13 he says “Let each one take heed how he builds on it.” According to Paul we can build well, with gold, silver and precious stones or on the contrary with wood, hay and straw.
But how we build will have consequences in the future.
Paul says that each one’s work will become clear and will be revealed.
Yes, we can argue that we have no say in many of the decisions made by politicians and lawmakers that affect us. But let us focus on those things that we do have control over and do what is right although perhaps not popular.
But there are two aspects to doing what is right. We can try to do the things we do the right way or we can
focus on doing the right things.
The second one is not always that easy to decide on. Just because everybody do something, does not make it the right thing to do.
Mat 7:13-14 says “Go in through the narrow gate. The gate to destruction is wide, and the road that leads there is easy to follow. A lot of people go through that gate. But the gate to life is very narrow. The road that leads there … only a few people find.”
Let’s make doing the right things our aim for 2020 whether on the greener side of the fence or not.
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