Last night the second hand ticked toward midnight as millions of people counted down 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 toward the New Year. Then celebrations and fireworks erupted all over the world. In the midst of the celebration people stopped counting…but the countdown continued anyway. Each of us has only so many days on this earth and the seconds are counting down until those days are over. There are really only four things that will make 2014 and the rest of the moments in our lives meaningful.
Relationship with the people we love.
Relationship with the people who love us.
Relationship with the God who loves us.
Relationship with people who need our love.
Every victory, advance, and possession fades in significance unless it enhances those relationships. It was a good year for us. But the best moments of the year do not appear on a spreadsheet or in a balance ledger. They are recorded in the smiles of little people, in a renewed depth of love in my marriage, in the hope I have seen in the eyes of those who felt hopeless, and in my increasing awareness of the depth of God’s love.
I hope I may have helped bring at least one special moment to your life.