As the year draw to a close and a new one inches even closer, I find a lot of my friends already planning for the coming year ahead. Just earlier this month, a friend of mine asked in our group chat, “How far along do you plan your life?” I had to pause before I answered, if only because I never really thought about it. I just thought it was something I did every year.
Are you a planner? I think I’d consider myself as someone who plans, but not obsessively. I used to be a lot more uptight about the way I planned, then I got serious about my faith and everything changed. I’ve since then only considered three simple things as I begin every year. It has saved me brain space and energy, because I’ve got these things locked in before the year began.
When sin entered the world, mankind had done countless attempts of ‘starting over again with God,’ including the sacrificing of animals, the observation of rituals, and the strict adherence to the laws. But no matter how good they were in these acts of atonement, they would always fall back to sin (remember the Pharisees?). Why was it this way?
A week ago, I posed the question: Where do you start in starting over? I wrote in my last entry that a good place to start would be, “I’m sorry.” Apologizing and repenting of one’s own wrongdoing is tough, but there’s no way to solve a problem if we don’t even recognize the problem to begin with.
You know what repentance is best paired with?
In my last entry, I ended with the question: Where do you start in starting over?
I can’t say that I know the exact answers to this question, but this is a good place to start—start with “I’m sorry.”
I have to admit how weird it feels to write again. I’ve been away for a couple of months because of the many things I was tending to.
At first it was because of a conference that happened last August. Then it became about work, women from my small group, family matters, singles ministry, helping a couple of friends, and the list goes on. Before I knew it, everything snowballed into this pile of “stuff” I had to attend to.