Reading: Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13
As we begin a new year, we often make resolutions to try to have a better life. We look to the new year with great hope and positive anticipation. On New Year’s Day, the world seems to be our oyster!
Several years ago, our summer staff used the theme “Our Endless Numbered Days” for staff training. We based it on a song from the musical group Iron and Wine. We focused on the fact that even though we think we have endless days to do whatever we want, we don’t. Our life is only a certain number of days. We must learn to live in the present time, not worrying about the past or the future. We should enjoy what we have and get the most out of each and every day. When our life comes to an end, we shouldn’t have any regrets; rather, we should feel we lived each day to the fullest, having been bold and adventurous along the way.
As the writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” This year, there will be times of hellos and goodbyes. There will be mountains and valleys, good times and bad. There will be births and deaths, sun and rain, dancing and sitting. Life is good. Enjoy every minute of it! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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