Posts Tagged ‘New Year’

Start the New Year Out Right


Something about the first week of the year makes me feel like I’m starting a race, lined up ready for the gun to sound. This week I flipped over my calendar to 2015 and suddenly deadlines loom closer. Email messages are flowing in reminding me of promises that I made. It’s time to begin working on the goals listed on the paper before me. It can be overwhelming.

On your mark…

English: Anxious Athlete Waiting at Starting Line

Where is our starting point for the New Year? It’s a good time to take inventory. What were my achievements in the past year?  What are my goals for this one? If we are rooted and grounded  before we start, the race will go better. We wouldn’t get far in the race if we didn’t know where we were headed.

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.  Acts 20:24

Get set…

English: Athletic Feet of Runner Positioned at...

Take a breath. Focus on one thing at a time. Life is lived one moment at a time. Writing requires perseverance, one word, one paragraph, one page, one chapter at a time. A slow persistence.  Persevere. God provides our daily bread – just enough for today.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24


English: Swift Form of a Runner about to Begin...

Okay. Time to begin. The route is marked out ahead. Let’s run it. The New Year has already begun. Let’s live it well!

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

Happy New Year,

Betsy and Laurie

First published at the WordServe Watercooler.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

  Hebrews 12:1

Writing With Responsibility

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.

~Nathaniel Hawthorne

The alphabet.  A finite number of letters bringing infinite possibilities. A reader reminded me recently that everything that has been written in the English language has been composed of only twenty-six letters.  Amazing.

On New Year’s Day I visited Headwaters, a sculpture by Larry Kirkland on the Texas Tech campus.  I’ve reflected on this photograph over the past week – hands resting on books, holding the alphabet. It speaks to me of possibility, the endless choices we have in the combination of the letters. It reminds me that with every possibility comes responsibility.

These twenty-six letters have been placed into our hands and as writers and we are responsible to use them wisely.

Will I choose to build up or to tear down? Will I choose to bring hope or despair? Life or death?

In warmer seasons water flows from the letters of the sculpture out into the fountain.  Thoughts, ideas, and stories flow from our hands. What will we choose to create?  The possibilities are infinite. The choice is ours.  The responsibility is ours too.

May I choose well this year.

Betsy Duffey,  WritingSisters

. . . from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Luke 12:48