The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
At New Year's we seem to focus more on setting resolutions for the upcoming year than we do considering the year just past. Often our new year's resolutions take the form of pride rather than patience. Pride says "I will accomplish this." Whereas Patience says "I have accomplished this." Are you already considering all you will accomplish in 2014? Why not stop and consider 2013 first. The end of a matter is better than its beginning. At the end of a matter all the striving is done and there is time not only to rest and take joy in one's accomplishments but also to glean wisdom from the experience. At the beginning of a matter, however, there is often busyness and ceaseless fretting over all one has to do. There is too much to do to stop and enjoy one's work or to gain understanding at the outset of a new undertaking. When we focus only on what we will run after in the new year we rob ourselves of the pleasure of a good end and the possibility of wisdom gained.
So this New Year's as you enjoy a day off of work, hold off making resolutions for 2014 just yet. Don't allow yourself to become engulfed in new undertakings until you have properly enjoyed and considered those just finished. Stop. Pause a moment and enjoy what was accomplished this year. What accomplishments do you need to praise God for from 2013 before you move on and forget them? Consider what wisdom can be gleaned from your experiences this past year. What have you learned from 2013? What or who do you need to close the book on in your life as you move into 2014? What mistakes do you need to learn from? How were you deceived and led into sin? If you can pinpoint it, then you can avoid making the same mistakes and falling for the same temptations again.
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