An old friend I had not seen for years asked “the question” in the middle of a casual lunch.
It came out of nowhere.
He set down his coffee cup looked directly at me and said,
“Ken, if you were given the opportunity to choose between getting a tax free check for $50,000,000 (that’s 50million!) today, or you could go back to age 5 (that’s five) and live your life again knowing all that you have learned during your 70 (that’s seventy) years on earth, which would you choose?”
What if 2017 Arrives in the Midst of Personal Storms?
If you find it hard to believe that 2017 has any chance of holding happiness or hope for you, this post is for you.
At this time of year we can hear friends and family toasting the promise of the new year and basking in the reverberation of songs that speak of jolly seasons, joyful carols, and fa la la la la, la la la la.
Yet behind the smiles and toasts many are still reeling from the smashed expectations of the season’s celebrations.
One of our friends lost his beloved wife this Christmas eve.
In the last months of this year marriages have fallen apart.
Another friend was alienated from his family at Thanksgiving this year.
Life changed in a moment for some who received devastating news from the doctor.
Lives have been rocked by personal failure or financial ruin.
WOW Ken! Thanks for the good cheer.
-Good cheer is only “good” if it is available to those who aren’t presently experiencing it.-
How can there be hope for the new year if one is trembling in the darkness of storms still raging in their lives as 2016 comes to a close? I write this post because I have been there… more than once. I promise there is hope! I have seen the light! So have each of the friends facing the storms I mentioned above.
How interesting that for many people the “Season to be Jolly” is often filled with a sense of sadness and depression. Even those who revel in the true meaning of Christmas can find themselves feeling the holiday blues.
Having been there and done that, I don’t want to do it again. I did some research and discovered that it is a common occurrence. So how can we experience a brighter Christmas when we begin to feel the “Pinch of the Grinch?”
I’ve got something I’m SURE you’ll enjoy on this Lighten Up Monday. James Dobson played this video clip twice in a row at the beginning of a conference I spoke at. It was worth watching both times. If this was all I ever got out of youtube it would be worth it. Shirley you will enjoy it!