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A New Year’s Carol | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

A New Year’s Carol

How do you think Scrooge celebrated the new year after his Christmas carol?

This New Year’s Eve, as I celebrate my own second chance at life, I realized while wishing strangers in a parking lot “happy new year” that in many ways my perspective resembles Ebeneezer Scrooge’s on Christmas morning. Often, I catch myself realizing I got another year to enjoy with those I love, and it makes me so happy I can dance where I stand.

God has put me on a different path this year, and I feel compelled every single day to find ways to reach out to those around me to make them realize they are valued.

A few years ago, on New Year’s Day, my resolution was to try to see the face of Jesus in those I met each day. This year, it’s different. My resolution is to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus to reach out to those around me.

Mother Theresa once said she was God’s pencil. So my job this year is to serve as God’s pencil, to draw a picture of hope every single day for those the Lord puts in my path.

I already see Him doing that – He is bringing me even briefly into people’s lives. The most important thing I can give them is hope and affirmation.

There are and will be stumbling blocks along the way. One is my sharp temper. I can lose patience easily and forget that mission. Another is impatience when I make mistakes and then want to dwell on them such that I can’t serve as a light for others.

And finally, I will be challenged not to get distracted or discouraged by other people. There will always be unhappy people who don’t want to be made happy – I can’t let their bad moods infect my own. In addition, especially after my heart attack, there will be some people who encourage me to stop doing things I love because I need to “take it easy and rest.” Yes, I do need to rest. But the point of surviving an illness isn’t to stop living. ┬áIt’s to do what I can do and love every moment of it.

Another point has been to analyze my life, look at things I don’t enjoy doing and deciding whether it’s worth continuing them. Life is too short to share parts of myself where they aren’t appreciated or where I’m unhappy. I’ve learned that when someone tries to put Mary in the corner, I can just leave the room and let my light shine elsewhere.

So with a renewed heart and zest for life, I think of the conclusion of A Christmas Carol,

“it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!”

Let’s keep the New Year well together!

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