“As New Year’s Eve looms, we think about time. We take inventory. Which is a good thing, because as often as we say that we’re “killing time,” it seems more apparent that time is killing us. The “Holy Now” of our tiny, individual lives is finite. It has a beginning and an end. And, assuming we have the courage to take that seriously, it’s good to take inventory if for no other reason than to ask ourselves whether we are being responsible and faithful with the time we’ve been allotted.”
I read this somewhere on the Internet a few days back and I can’t quote who it was but whoever this person may be, they are right! As another year looms, it’s time to take inventory. To ponder. To reevaluate.
2015 was meant to be my “better” year after thinking that 2014 was one of the hardest years I’ve experienced. Unfortunately I was wrong and naive to the happenings of what twenty fifteen was about to bring! I unexpectedly lost my Dad within a matter of days to Septicaemia. One second he was here and the next moment, we were organising his coffin and saying our goodbyes. A few weeks later, I lost my nan. Another blow to the heart. I could carry on with a list of shitty things that I’ve had to endure but instead, I can say with confidence that I am HERE. At the end of a rather emotional toiling year. I am still here and about to step into this year with more faith than I’ve ever had.
As you take inventory of the life you’ve lived this year remember that we don’t actually have time to waste. Forgive those who’ve hurt you. Make amends with your loved ones. Get therapy. Eat that pizza. Don’t take your friends for granted. Choose a career that you love. Volunteer in another country. Knit that scarf. Get that degree! Just don’t waste the time you’ve been given because as our unknown author wrote, “our tiny, individual lives is finite. It has a beginning and an end.” Life will carry on whether we like it or not so make it count.
To the least of these…
Without sharing my entire journal (more like a blog) entry for today, I would like to share parts of it with you.
As I sit on my balcony here in Busselton over Christmas, I can’t help but feel somewhat unsatisfied. I just spent a couple of hundred on presents for my family and accommodation to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and sneak to the south west to breathe. I thought that would make me feel relaxed since I’m a few metres away from the ocean and staying at a resort but I wasn’t. I felt restless and I couldn’t stop thinking about those who don’t have people to spend this time with, those who in need, THE LEAST OF THESE which Jesus mentioned in Matthew 25.
Now on the other side of my brain, I was also thinking about how ludicrous it is having a “crush” on a celebrity that you’ve never met and only seen on your TV. Most people are attracted to physique of a celebrity and while I am “attracted to the physique” of this one particular celeb, I am, drawn to what he does off screen. Most will know him from the fantasy horror series Supernatural as Angel Castiel and others may know him from his non-profit organisation Random Acts and G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S and this beautiful human being I speak of, who I admire from a far, is Mr Misha Collins!
Now how do these two thoughts have in common? Well, while I was feeling unsatisfied yesterday, I stumbled across Misha’s blog this morning and what stood out to me was when he wrote: “…small acts of kindness can have a huge and lasting impact” (you can read it below about a lady that blessed his family) and I was reminded that earlier in the month I was one of the sponsors for Christmas backpacks which contained basic necessities and yummy Christmas treats that were given to the beautiful people of Perth who call our streets in the city their home. Although it was only a small amount, it was more than I had given other than birthday presents to friends and family or the loose change of my purse through out the year.
This Christmas season, I’m moved to keep doing more for our communities. For me personally I love volunteering to help others in need but I don’t do it enough so whatever you are great at, can I encourage you to do something out of your schedule and bless someone, a family or a charity before the year is out and then make it a goal to give more and be more aware of those struggling around us and do something to bless them in 2016? 🙂