The 12 days of New Year
It is hard to believe that we are in the middle of January already and I am still trying to get used to writing the correct year! As the beginning of the year January is a good month to start fresh, and I am not referring to resolutions because I have decided long time ago that they are not for me. Mind you, if I ever want to resolve anything I do not need to wait for the beginning of a new year to do so.
The 12 days of the new year have been a time for “cleaning-up” and ” re-organizing”. I have been busy cleaning out my kitchen cabinets and throwing out stuff that have long seen their expiration dates. Not only I did the physical cleaning, I also have been cleaning my “spiritual” closet. I have been gathering the lessons I have learned in 2011 and throwing out the “unwanted”things that have been cluttering my mind.
I have written down 12 lessons from last year, conveniently one for each month and some of these lessons have been on going since I became a Christian. I am definitely a slow learner, and have not quite “mastered” them and therefore have to re-learn them the hard way. I guess the only way I can really embrace the truth is by practicing it in order to be perfect.
I feel better with a neater cabinet, as it is much easier to find my way around the kitchen. Similarly, I have a sense of being ” renewed” and ” refreshed” after I did some cleaning of my spiritual store-room, and is more at peace as I embark on a new year. I know there are more changes ahead and I need to prepare myself for whatever new challenges come my way. A wonderful friend of mine sent me the full version of the serenity prayer the other day and I have claimed this well-known prayer for the coming year, these wise words are timely and encouraging and I do need to stock my shelves with these wise words for the road ahead of me:
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace,
Taking as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right,
If I surrender to His Will,
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Reinhold Niebuhr 1892-1971