Another year just slipped by. 2015 has arrived. In many parts of the world, people gathered to witness the countdown to the start of a new year. There are countless celebrations and jubilations. Virtually every city has at least one major event where thousands will gather to watch fireworks and scream in unison as the last seconds of countdown elbow 2014 into history. Not every celebration ended well though. In Shanghai, celebrations turned into tragedy as revellers stampede 36 people to death. In Indonesia, hundreds are still grieving following the confirmation of Air Asia’s flight QZ8501 crash. For them, New Year will never be the same again. “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1” —- the past is sealed, while the door to an unknown 2015 flings open.What’s so different this day is to people? It is just another day, no different than any day that comes and goes every 24 hours. Still, ushering in a “new year” has become a significant event to many people who simply want to escape the humdrum of just another day. It gives the pretext to do something. With the new year, a milestone is put into life’s journey so that there is an account of a life past and expectation to a new future that is about to begin. Some looked back with regrets and tears, others with joy. Whichever case, the account book of life is opened for audit.
Still, the first day of the day of the year is just another day. Truly, everyday is nothing but a new day towards a new year. It is not the day that matters. The mindset of a person makes his day and shapes his journey. The world really didn’t change and will go on and on. But decisions made will ultimately route the path that he will walk. Some choose the right path, others take the forsaken ones. Until one final day, all the paths converge at one exit door. This is life’s journey, aptly expounded by the wise man of old Solomon in his writings Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Perhaps it will be wise to note that “today is the first day of your life”. It is yours, and yours only, no one except God can take it away. Whether it is a New Year’ day, it is just another day. Live like there is no tommorow. At the same time, plan wisely as if you will live eternally. Then everyday counts.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.