What we witnessed earlier this week was no different from what is seen at the beginning of every year- wild partying and celebration to usher in 2013. Spectacular fireworks and mega-shows have become customary at the turn of the year. The fireworks display over the Sydney Harbor bridge is perhaps the most extravagant, and is supposedly seen even from outer space. People gather as early as mid-day to get a spot to watch the fireworks. Most likely also don’t realize that it is taxpayer money that sponsors the extravaganza. Thousands gather at other venues like the Times Square often in freezing weather, to celebrate the passing of another year and the coming in of a year.
But, why? Why should a new year be an opportunity to celebrate? The fact that you have got one less year to live is no reason for celebration. Chances are that, with increasing age, your health will be poorer and life would be more stressful. Even if you make a fortune (low probability), with it would come stress and responsibility. In fact your best years are already behind you- when you were a baby with nothing to worry about and others taking care of your needs; it just keeps getting worse after that.
The religiously inclined would inundate the new-year with prayers and rites, all in the hope that perhaps lady luck would smile on them in the new-year. Several Christians make it a point to ensure that the new-year dawns when they are within the precincts of a church among believers, magically hoping that it would somehow take away suffering and pain in the new-year. Well,—– does it?
The Bible does lay emphasis on compartmentalizing our time, especially to look afresh at each day and live it well. The 7-day compartmentalization into a week with a day being devoted to resting in God also features prominently in the Word. When a disciple fails to do these, it does not make much sense to give undue prominence to ushering in a new year. If the disciple wants to wish away pain, let him remember that discipleship is always accompanied by suffering. If a new beginning is what he hopes for and works on making resolutions, he should tread carefully, but more on that later.
But, if a new year eve is just another opportunity to party for one who is inclined to partying, go ahead on a new year’s eve, brave the cold weather, lose the sleep, spend the good part of the afternoon trying to catch a good spot and be prepared to have an awful Jan1st, just recovering. Otherwise, look at it as just another day to live and experience the goodness of God.
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