Here dies another day
During which I have had eyes, ears, hands
And the great world around me;
And with tomorrow begins another.
Why am I allowed two?
G.K. Chesterton is imminently quotable and I especially like this one as we approach the end of another year. I think the inventory he makes at the end of each day is a pretty good one for the end of each year.
I know it is traditional to make New Year's resolutions and that can be a helpful exercise. Before we make plans for the coming year though, I suggest an inventory of the past twelve months. What have you done with what you have been given? What have you done that you would want to:
Of course one reason we don't like doing these inventories is because we don't want to see the results. We are afraid that we will come up short in the 'plus' column and long on the 'minus' side.
What have we done with the gifts, talents and resources in the past year? Why should we get another?
I'm less likely to ask that question if I don't think I'll like the answer. Fortunately, God doesn't ask us to justify our existence in order to grant us another year. We are given another day regardless of whether we earned it or not. That's Grace.
Our lives- and all the days assigned to them, are gifts from God. What we do with them is our gift to God. The above inventory is one way to make sure the gift you give back to God in 2008 is a better reflection of the gift He is giving you.