When we were last together, we were getting ready for Christmas 2011 and now it’s long gone. We survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Hopefully you survived Blue Monday.
If you don’t know about Blue Monday, it’s the third Monday in January and it ‘s known to be the saddest bluest day of the year. Why? Psychologists say Christmas is over and about the time the decorations and tree come down, the Christmas bills start piling up. The days are short, there is less sunshine and Spring is still weeks away. I guess to sum it up, “Reality Bites.”
Maybe you find yourself a little down this month. Things aren’t going the way you had hoped for 2012 and we are only three weeks into the year. Maybe you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolution and your daily reality really hasn’t changed.
I want to “share” something with you that my friend Karen B. read for several years to her large BSF class in Tulsa. The first class day in January she encouraged us with this poem. I don’t know who gets the credit for writing it. So for now, I will say Miss Anony Mous wrote it. I know it will encourage you, too! Thanks Karen B.!
When you’ve trusted Jesus and walked His way,
When you’ve felt His hand lead you day by day,
But your steps now take you another way,
When you’ve made your plans and they’ve gone awry,
When you’ve tried your best ’till there’s no more try,
When you’ve failed yourself and you don’t know why,
When you’ve told your friends what you plan to do,
When you’ve trusted them but they didn’t come through,
Now you’re all alone and it’s up to you,
When you’ve failed your kids and they’re grown and gone,
When you’ve done your best but it turned out wrong,
And now your grandchildren have come along,
When you’ve prayed to God so you’ll know His will,
When you’ve prayed and prayed but you don’t know still,
When you want to stop ’cause you’ve had your fill,
When you think you’re finished and want to quit,
When you’ve bottomed out of life’s deepest pit,
When you’ve tried and tried to get out of it,
When the year’s been long and successes few,
When December comes and you’re feeling blue,
God gives a January just so you’ll,
Starting over means victories won,
Starting over means a race well run,
Starting over means the Lord’s “well done”
…so don’t just sit there, start over.
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