As 2016 winds to an end, it’s always interesting to me to reflect on the events gone by. Once we made a slide show of pictures our family had taken throughout the year and added in some world events that had been significant to us. It was a fun reflection of the year gone by and remembering how funny it was made me think I might do it again…next year.
This year seems to have gotten away without us having the opportunity to enjoy the year as it passed. After all, we were busy building a house. Although it was a positive accomplishment, I still wish we had taken more time to enjoy life.
As I looked up some news worthy events of the past year, I realized there were things that had happened I hadn’t heard about. For instance did you know that Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 dollar bill? Or how about the fact that air pollution research shows levels are back to what they were before the industrial revolution? Way to go ozone. Sea turtles, humpback whales, giant pandas and even grizzly bears have made a come back and had their names removed from the endangered species list. Where was I for that? Oh yeah, I was at the house staring at the progress of the newly tamped dirt my husband was so excited about. Of course there were some things I couldn’t ignore like the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908! (Anyone else see the irony of their win coinciding with what has been deemed the “worst year ever”?) Who could have missed the Rio Olympics this year, and Michael Phelps winning five golds and one silver to be named the most decorated Olympic athlete in the History of Ever? Last but not least, I certainly didn’t miss the Presidential Election ending with Donald Trump becoming our elected President.
There has been a lot of crazy events and negative news this year too. There is the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis, polluted water supplies, fatal shootings, a record year of celebrity deaths, fake news, hacks, strange viruses, deadly fires, police violence and violence against police. It has been such a tough year it appears that even Brad and Angelina have thrown in the towel. My teenage daughter gave it the nick name…don’t get offended…#Two-thousand-sucks-teen.
Like most people I’m happy to say goodbye to 2016. It was a tough year of transition for our family too. Moving is always stressful and living in a temporary home driving two states to work and back everyday wasn’t exactly fun. Ok, I’m exaggerating about the drive. But it felt that way at the time. Recently there were two more celebrity deaths announced which made me think 2016 is pulling its last punches. I’ve had my fill of evil Kermit memes and strange Kanye rants as well. All this worldly-review had me fearful of what the year to come might bring.
I realized something though. I realized there is always hope for the future. After all who would think the ozone would actually begin to heal? As I read the Bible I came across the passage in Isaiah 43:18-19 that reads, Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing…I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. NIV.
There is positive that can come from all that negative. First of all there’s an awareness of problems going on in the world. You can’t fix what you don’t know is broke, right? We can move forward making plans to be the positive difference in the areas we’re passionate about. So let’s do it. Put on your Nike’s and make some positive plans. Let’s look forward to the future and the potential a New Year holds. As Christians we can have hope in Christ and we can Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. -Romans 12:12
Happy New Year!!