by Marvin D. Patterson

How to Have a Happy New Year
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 19:23-30


One is the top New Year's Resolutions each year is to lose weight. Anyone one here have that as a resolution?

A woman walked into her bathroom at home. As she did, she saw her husband weighing himself on the bathroom scales, sucking in his stomach. The woman thought to herself, ''He thinks that he will weigh less by sucking in his stomach.'' So, the woman rather sarcastically said to her husband, ''That's not going to help.'' Her husband said, ''Sure it will. It's the only way I can see the numbers.''

There is something special about a brand new year. There are fresh opportunities that await us as we go into the year 2013 with the help of our great God! We know that the past year is history, and the coming year is future, so we must look forward with anticipation to the coming year with assurance that God is still in control. The world is still going, as some had predicted that it would end in 2012, but we know that God has at least 1007 years for this world and the universe if He comes back this year! Why? Because God is still in control. He wants to help you to have the best year of your life, for as I have often said, the best of your years are the rest of your years.

This past week, my rear view mirror came off of the windshield, and I had to glue it back on in order to see what was behind me. I got to looking at that small mirror, and the large windshield that I was gluing it to, and I realized that the designers of that car wanted me to be able to see much more of what was out in front of me, than what was behind me. The rear view mirror is very small in comparison to the windshield that you look through as you drive forward. That tells me that where I am going is much more important than where I have been! Amen! The same is true in life. We have a brand new year with endless possibilities and we must make the best of it with the help of God, for where we are goin ...

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