Well, the final digit of the year-o-meter has clicked on since I last tapped away. We are thinking in years, not days or months, for a little while. 2013 has roared away, and 2014 has roared in, suggesting we should start the year with March. Not a new idea – the Romans calendar started there – but it didn’t bring Spring to this time of year.
I was surprised to see the adverts so blatantly suggesting we think of summer and book our holidays. I remember this onslaught from my childhood, but thought we didn’t do this any more. Ha! More fool me.
We are so distractable, so side-lineable, so prone to being enticed. John sums it up neatly – lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, the pride of life. A roar from time to time wakes us up to the reality of life, that it is made up of relationship, not possessions. Jesus came that we might travel in the company of his Spirit, knowing the Father, not collecting rusting treasure.
I’d like to remind you of some timeless advice penned by the author to the Hebrews – chapter 13, an anchor of mine. V1 – Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. V5 – Keep your lives free from the love of money (keep your lives free of greed) and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
It’s not advice. It’s a loving roar from God.