Happy New Year!

For Leslie

It’s January 2 and 2015 is upon us. It seems like the New Year just slipped in quietly “on little cat feet,” without a lot of fanfare. At least that is way it was for me.

I wasn’t invited to any New Year’s Eve parties. (Thank God, because as an introvert, talking all those people would have been torture.)

Nor did I stay up to watch the ball drop. (I have stayed up on plenty of nights well past midnight because I couldn’t sleep. Why would I choose to lose sleep this night to watch thousands of crazy New Yorkers stand outside in the frigid cold to watch the count down?)

I didn’t even watch the Rose Parade the next morning. (Now this was a tradition in my family growing up but somehow I just forgot about it this year…Maybe because of my sleep deficit.)

Nor have I made any resolutions, well, not any new ones, anyway. Every day I resolve to make healthy food choices and to get some exercise. (Sadly, I didn’t even make it to the gym today….and I had a cookie.)

Last week, at the end of our church’s time together, the Prayer Lady challenged us to get a daily Bible and read through it this year. She does this annually, sort of like a Pap smear. She nags and cajoles us to do radical things, like pray for one another and read our Bible. For several years, I have taken her up on this challenge. The only trouble is that I have a little problem with regularity…(Not that kind. Where is your mind?) Despite my good intentions, I just don’t read the Bible every day. I miss a day here and there, well, maybe more than that. (I might be in denial.) To be honest, my bookmark is on May 22. So I am wondering what I should do—start back on January 1 and read Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus again? If I do that, and continue with my current pattern of irregularity, I will never get to Revelation and Revelation is the good part. It’s the part that we are all waiting for, the end of the story, when the groom comes and sweeps his bride up off her feet and we get married and have the wedding feast of the Lamb for seven years. (And I don’t care what you say, Jesus had better be serving chocolate, falafels and really good pita bread. Not that I am telling him what to do....)

I digressed a little there, just thinking about food. Let me get back to my reading options. Option 2: I could just continue from where I am and hope that I finish the Bible by December 31. I like this option. One way to read the Bible is to savor each verse, like a really good wine. With this option, I can take two days to read one day’s worth of Scripture and I should finish by year’s end, unless I become irregular again.

So in the end, I think there is only one thing that matters for this New Year—that we spend time with Him.

I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit…that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in…the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. Eph. 3:16-19


GENEVA CHINNOCK is a writer and author of Becoming His Beloved: Journey into the Father’s Affection. Geneva has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master in Business Administration. In her spare time, Geneva loves reading, eating bacon and attending live theater. She lives in Southern California with her husband and blogs about matters of faith at TreasuredbyGod.com.