Happy New Year! This is the phrase everyone is saying today. I, for one, fail to understand what all the fuss is about. I have never comprehended what on earth is so special about a new year. Quite by accident, last night I happened to see the ball drop in Times Square at midnight. As has happened every other time I have seen that spectacle, I was left with a feeling of bewilderment and disgust.
For the most part, holidays such as New Years Day (and of course New Year’s eve) are nothing more than good excuses to party. Many think it is harmless fun to get drunk and celebrate the start of a new year. What could be so wrong with having a good time? What is wrong with whooping and hollering until the wee hours of January 1st?
I am the consummate UN- party animal. There is nothing I detest more than to be with a large group of people, loud music and lots of booze. From as far back as I can remember, I have loathed such behavior. Perhaps this is due to the problems my dad had with alcohol or just my reserved nature. All I know is that I hate loud and boisterous parties where the focal point is alcohol and the aim is to get “plastered”.
I do not bring this up simply because of my personal likes or dislikes, but rather because of what is written in Romans 13:12-14 among other places:
“The night is far spent; the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
13 Let us walk honestly as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in lewdness and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof.”
There are 4 specific things we are to NOT walk in:
If we are to walk honestly as in the day, we must cast off the works of darkness such as these four things. As we put on the Lord Jesus Christ in our minds, the desire to participate in revelry, drunkenness, lewdness and licentiousness diminishes and ultimately becomes repulsive to us. God does not tell us to not do these things because they are “illegal” but rather because they do not glorify God but rather the adversary.
So, as the world continues its party this first day of the new year, I pray we all take a few minutes and reflect upon the year just finished and pray for the year unfolding before us. Instead of using this holiday as an excuse to sin, we should use this time to polish and put on our armor of light!
I must confess I spent many years thinking I was having great fun doing the bar scene.
It was only after I started going to church, reading and studying God's word that I came to realize the wrong in it and totally lost any pleasure in it.
In fact I became clear to me that it was mind altering, behavior altering and simply made fools of otherwise sense able people.
I have given up watching the Ball drop in New York as they quit showing the actual decent of the Ball and just showed the wild people which I really didn't want to see anyhow.
I don't ever watch the ball drop as I have little interest in it. I did catch on the news earlier though that the theme for this year was "peace". I could not help but think there can be no true peace without the Prince Of Peace, Jesus Christ. The world says they want peace but they do not truly want peace. They simply want to live according to their own terms and desires.
In our household, we got what most people would consider the most horrible news as Christmas came upon us. According to the world's standard, my husband and I should have no peace at the moment... but we do. We got my husband's last paycheck on December 21st and we do not know when there will be another one. However, at the last moment, God showered an amazing blessing on us and filled in the "gap" with provision for the next couple of months.
We are not looking upon the new year with fear or trepidation even as fierce arctic cold winds are blowing around our "little yellow castle". We are looking forward with anticipation, knowing that we are safe in God's hands and that He is ever mindful us.
I can say amen to the blog and to the responders as well. Been to a lot of watch night services and a few NY eve gatherings with friends but never to a worldly party. Don't regret that one bit.