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New Year's Eve Tradition and Superstition

Itís the end of the calendar year. Memories of the year come crowding in. What has happened in my life during the past twelve months? I see failures, triumphs, heartache and joy.

I see many events I had no control over. Storms, fires, economic fluctuations, violence.

I want my life to be better in the future. Deep down, I want control. To be honest, there are many places I can do better, through discipline, work, and obedience. There are others that are out of my influence.

Over all events, control belongs to God the Father.

As a believer I have the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide me. (John 14:26)

He has promised to lead me into righteousness.
ďAnd your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ďThis is the way, walk in it,Ē when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.Ē Isaiah 30:21 ESV

God doesnít miss any of the events of my life. He sees every one.
ďAnd we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.ď Romans 8:28 ESV

He has promised that he has my best interest in mind. ďFor I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.Ē Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Itís our inclination to be in control. For centuries, people have devised plans to rule events. Below youíll find a few of them.

The Good News
These may be fun traditions, but none have the power to change the future. Only God is in charge of that. To my great relief, the Lord has promised to guide my steps. He has promised abundant life through Jesus Christ. He has promised to never leave me. The most effective thing I can do on New Yearís Eve and every day is to know Godís Son and to put my fate in his hands.

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