We all live in a fast paced world where time runs, technology reigns, values are constantly reshaping and success is based on accomplishments and material things. As a result, people try to catch up; we either move quickly by choice or we move swiftly by habit. In the process, we tend to lose the essence of living a well-defined life, of finding meaning for our existence and of discerning God’s purpose in our lives. So when all else fails and realize that we are being directed to the exact opposite of where we are navigating, we feel miserable and find it hard to be happy.
Many years ago, we used to keep up with the Joneses. These are the imaginary neighbors who ubiquitously show us that they seem to have everything. So, to keep up, if they got a new TV, you bet, we have it, too. But today, the world is not only keeping up with the Joneses. We are also trying to make sure we win in all aspects of our lives, no matter what. The rule of the game is to win!
The holiday season is not just about feasts and celebrations. It also offers us the opportunity to reflect on the year that's drawing to a close and the new one that's about to unfold. As Christmas is the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, New Year is a new chapter, a new beginning and a new chance God is giving us to either continue the good work we have started or set things right with God’s guidance.