January 1, 2010

January 1, 2010 | By | 2 Comments

First off, I hope that your 2009 was better than mine and that your 2010 will be better than mine as well. I have to admit that I was a bit saddened to find out that the next decade doesn’t officially begin until 2011. I was really hoping for a new one. My friend Koo had a facebook status update that summarized my feelings on this past year pretty well. He had this to say:

2009 was difficult, but important. glad to be moving on…

I could say the same thing about every year since y2k.  Each one was hard, but important. I can say it was important, because I wouldn’t be here typing to you had I missed one.

This blog has kind of sucked lately. I hope you like reading these quotes and book reviews. Lately, I find it easier to repost or respond to what has already been written. Apart from that, I’ve been in a long season of not having much to say. It’s like putting your hands into your pockets and coming out empty, save for a crumpled up napkin and a few pieces of lint. There is only so much you can do with lint and napkins. Come to think of it more, I don’t know of anything you can do with lint and napkins.

Writing has been like a vacation to Europe. When you have the time to go to Europe, you don’t have the money. When you have the money to go to Europe, you don’t have the time. I find that I have no time for writing when I have the most to say and I have all the time in the world for writing when things are stale. Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think? A little too ironic? Yeah, I really do think.

I don’t have the energy to make a long list of resolutions this year, so I’ll boil it down to one. I resolve to keep doing the best I can. No matter the outcome, what else can I do? And, in keeping with my theme of having nothing of my own to add, I will echo the words of the apostle Paul:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Of course, that is what makes the difficult years tolerable – the trustworthy God of all hope knows he what is doing. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.

Happy New Years to you and thank God for another fresh start. For me, things aren’t too bad. I never really wanted to go to Europe anyway.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Thanks for sharing! I can completely relate to the writing. Now that I have more time to write, I feel as though I have nothing to say and have lost all motivation or inspiration.

    I really like the Romans verse! Thanks for the reminder. Another good reminder: 1 Peter 1: 3-9.

    Your blogs have encouraged me greatly in a year that has been as you say “difficult but important.” You are always so honest about the reality of your hurting or disappointments, but there is also a hope in Christ and I have really needed that reminder. Anyways so thank you for continuing to blog and share your thoughts. 🙂

    I hope 2010 is better and brings you much joy and reasons to celebrate!!

    • Mark says:

      Thank you, Sarah! I hope that you have a wonderful year as well! Thanks so much for the encouraging words and for being such a good friend. Also, I love that one from 1 Peter. So good!

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