It’s the end of December – a busy and fun time around the holidays. But it’s often depressing as well.
We only have a few days left to make good on all the goals and resolutions that we set for ourselves in 2013. For many of us, we’re far off the mark.
Another year has gone by – and what do we have to show for it?
When the calendar flips over to 2014, there’s a sense of hope for a great year ahead. But perhaps there’s also a sense of guilt at all the opportunities we’ve missed. All the time we’ve wasted. All the procrastination, the sleeping in, the unproductive running around with urgent but unimportant tasks.
It’s challenging to move on from all of this, because we have lingering senses of guilt. The consequences of wasted time are very real. Family neglect can damage relationships. Exercise neglect can harm your health. Work neglect can damage finances.
For me, it’s almost painful at times to think about how different my life would be if I could have better invested all of that wasted time throughout the years.
But the best solace is to view these missed opportunities through a biblical frame. Ironically, healing comes when we realize how horridly sinful our time wasting really is.