Have you ever heard the slang phrase, "Don't start nothing, won't be nothing"? (Click the link to see the clip from Men in Black.)
I looked it up and according to the "Urban dictionary" it means "A warning to others stating that if an altercation is to be avoided than they should cease acting in a provocative manor."
Well, to be honest, that is NOT where my random thoughts went today...not by a long shot.
Today is the final day of 2015 and that often causes people to do a couple of different things.
1 - They look back over the past year, the frustrations and hopefully the victories.
2 - They start to look forward to what the new year will bring, or what they HOPE it will bring at least.
For me, that kind of got me thinking about my own future and what, if anything, God has planned for me to do. At the age of 56, like most people I have started to dream at least a little of retirement. It is no doubt still a long way off, but judging by how quickly the past few years have flown by, not nearly as far away as I might think.
Am I prepared for retirement? Not by a long shot. I usually joke that at the rate I'm going I can afford to retire about 3 weeks after I die...may need to change that to 3 years after looking at the bills from this last year. At any rate, I obviously still have a lot I'm supposed to do.
Until God calls us home He evidently has SOMETHING He wants us to do here on earth. I don't think God really has a junk closet that He keeps things in "just in case". In God's house, everything has a purpose! (The image of leftovers in the fridge that get pushed back and forgotten just came to mind. I'm pretty sure that God never pushes someone to the back and forgets they are there till they have fuzzy stuff growing on them and they have to be tossed..along with the container they are in!) But I digress...
I love the new year. It truly is a promise of possibility - even for those of us who are not all that "new", and that is where today's random thought comes from.
With the beginning of a new year we have hopes of what will be, but if we don't "start nothing, there won't be nothing." If we just stay in our rut and keep doing things the same old way, next year at this time we'll be sitting on our proverbial couch looking back and wondering what happened to all our plans.
What do you hope for this coming year? What are you doing to make it happen? To be sure, the Lord determines whether or not we are successful in our endeavors as man determines success, but last I checked no one "ran a race" while sitting on their couch just thinking about it. You have to get up and DO something. Just thinking about change doesn't cause things to change.
Will you have setbacks? Probably. Will you get frustrated at times? Most likely. Will you feel like quitting along the way? Most assuredly! But today, not tomorrow, is the time to start.
You're not too old. It's not too late. You are still breathing and your heart is still beating...let's get something "started".
Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 MSG