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We have had calendars, of a sort, at least since the one was made at Warren Field in Scotland. That was a lunar calendar, based solely upon the cycles of the moon. Solar calendars, and the requisite fiddling to align lunar with solar, came a bit later. Now, here we are, some 2,016 years since the birth of Christ (a significant enough event to use as a  time marker, even if scholars try to remove the thought of “Christ” from it), and most of the world’s people groups celebrate in some fashion the advent of another year.

With the coming of a “new” year, it seems there is something innate within us which is drawn to the notion of a new beginning, a fresh start, or at least that “things will be better than they were.” Why should hope have anything to do with the calendar? What are we hoping in? On what or who is our favorable expectation based?

If an individual’s hope rests in the thought that “I’ll do it right this time” or “Things will turn out better this time,” it is usually a false hope. Actually, it is, as Einstein said, insanity: “doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.”

My hope is in God and the work He will continue in me. I’d like to think that everyone else is the problem, but if I examine circumstances using the Bible as a lens, I see that no matter what else is going on, I and my thoughts and actions are what need changing, even if the world around me is wrong too. Psalm 43:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Even if you can see where others have wronged you, or if circumstances have caused you pain or hurt, look into the mirror of God’s word first – apply it to yourself first – before trying to straighten out someone else. Matthew 7:5 “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

My prayer for the New Year and beyond is that He will continue doing whatever is necessary to ready me for His return, and that He will continue to grant mercy to those who thus far in their lives have rejected Him, and that He will draw them to Himself just as He did me, and as He continues to do.

Happy New Year!

 

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UPDATE (2/4/2016):

Well, I have had to move on from Trump, between his whining and bullying. Plus, while his rhetoric resonates, he seems to have few definitive plans. Now I must choose between Cruz and Rubio. Nobody else is high enough in the polls, I believe, to worry with. Have to pray on this; He may show me something I least expect. (If it’s a Democrat, I’ll holler, “Get thee behind me…!”)

Okay, Donald Trump is not my first choice for Secretary of State. He’s brash, for sure, but he consistently speaks what many Americans, myself included, are thinking, and he doesn’t back down because his views raise the ire of the thin-skinned, delicate members of the public who tend to make the most noise even though they are in the minority.

Just about every citizen I speak with has some valid criticisms of the manner in which our government and those who run it (when it should be the citizens) have led America away from what the Constitution says and in the direction of an oligarchy, even an autocracy.

When I look at the Republican field, I see only one candidate who has the backbone, the chutzpah, of a Harry Truman or Ronald Reagan, the forcefulness to look world leaders in the eye and not blink first. He’s the only guy who seems to value doing the right thing over compromise. Do you know what compromise is? It’s allowing your beliefs, your principles, to be diluted by someone else’s.

This is a guy who does not pretend to have all the answers at his fingertips, but is successful at employing those persons who will have the answers at their fingertips, or at least be capable of rapidly gathering information and making cogent recommendations.

Above, I mentioned Republican. I’m not a Republican. I look at each candidate’s virtues, and I study their record. I’m not influenced by their sex (not “gender,” BTW), ethnicity, or other popular trait—I am influenced by their personal history, their employment history, and (if they have one) their voting record. That’s why I didn’t vote for Bill Clinton OR Bob Dole, and that’s why, twice, I didn’t vote for Barack Obama. (I wasted my vote in 1996 on an Independent—I won’t do so again.)

So…overlook his brazenness; take a serious, emotion-free look at Donald Trump.

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