Everything about nature, including our lives, is cyclic. We have periods that start, later they finish, then another one starts again.
This is a characteristic that the Creator assigned to His creation. He created time and He gave us the perception of cycles within it.
At the very begininning, back when God created the heavens and the earth in 6 days and rested on the 7th day, He established the weekly cycle that we follow up to today.
There are some cycles that have a special meaning to us: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc. Each date marks the end of a period and beginning of something new.
This can be said of the new year. We don’t celebrate new weeks, new months, but we do like to celebrate the new year.
In my opinion, one of the major blessings of the new year is that we have this feeling that we can do anything. That’s when we believe in ourselves and we recover our dreams. A new year brings a fresh start, it means new chances, and whatever happened in the past, it’s gone.
This sabbatical period has been mostly a time for me to learn and to focus on what I love to do.
I’m studying Theology (this is something that I wanted to do for more than 10 years!), I’m increasing my books-read-per-month average (it’s currently 2, I want to get it to 3) and I am currently going through my third full read of the Bible. This time, I’m reading through the NIV translation (that’s my first full read with a non-portuguese translation).
I have also been dedicating more time to writing, which is something that I’ve always enjoyed doing.
My geek side has been satisfied too: I’ve been playing with WordPress, HTML and CSS (new changes coming soon to this blog) and I intend to learn more about iOS programming (I started my IT career as a programmer, I love to do it).
And I’ve been also praying to God that, when the time is right, He will show me what to do next, professionally speaking.
I hope use this new beginning to search for that something special you wanted to do in a long time, and hasn’t done it yet. Pray about it, then if God confirms it, share it with a close friend, so he/she can give you feedback and keep you accountable, so it doesn’t end up in the new year’s resolution list that never see the light of day.
God wants us to use our talents in amazing ways, we just have to be willing to do it.
Pray for something special, and I’m sure He will provide and help you get there.
Have a blessed 2012!
Question for you: Have you already established a goal or decided to do something different/special this year that you would like to share?
This post is part of the “One Word at a Time Blog Carnival” hosted by Peter Pollock. Check out his blog for links to other posts that were written based on the word “fresh”.