Thursday, December 29, 2016
outside looking in
And that brings us much food for thought. But the place where I land tonight is looking back at the year that we are just finishing up. 2016.
For most people I talk to, 2016 was a hard year. We lost many beloved actors and musicians. Many of my friends had serious illnesses, and many struggled with relationship and employments problems. I don't know many people who really enjoyed 2016. And most of us are looking forward to the year being over so we can hopefully enjoy 2017.
But looking back gives us perspective. Just like going to the Moon or to the space station allows us to see the Earth from a different angle. We see not just the struggles of the last year, which we experienced in full while living through it, but we see the beauty of the year, too. We see how God has been faithful to see us through it. We see how family and friends helped give us hope and joy along the way. We see that even though the year was not fun or pleasant, we made it through, and we learned.
Frankly, I'm glad the year is over. But I'm also glad that the year came and taught me so much, including how to be a better person.
Thank You, God, for perspective.