Tuesday, January 31, 2012

At the End of January

Here are some edifying thoughts on the outset of a new year offered by Homer L. King in the Jan. 1, 1942 edition of the Old Paths Advocate:

The year, 1941, will have closed by the time this reaches our readers. Thus we are one year nearer the end of our earthly journey and the coming of our Lord to judge the world. How well have we used the time offered to us the past 12 months? Have we "redeemed the time," knowing the "days are evil," or has it been just another year of lost opportunities to us?

...As we contemplate the sacrifice, the trials, temptations, and battles, that, no doubt, will be ours in a world torn with strife, war, mass slaughter of human life and of property, we feel more and more the importance of walking closer to the Good Master and of being often in prayer. While there is never a time for compromise with error, and we must ever keep in mind to "earnestly contend for the faith once delivered," yet I do believe we should strive all the more to "endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace." May all bitterness, clamor, envy, gossip, evil speaking of one another, jealousy, especially preacher jealousy, and back-biting be put away from among us as brethren, and may we be bound more closely together by bonds of Christian love. Being thus prepared, we should be able to accomplish much, even in the face of apparent obstacles.

It is, undoubtedly, a better New Year's resolution than most.

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