Obligatory New Years Eve Post.

I feel like I should post something deep and meaningful about the New Year, and how it represents a new start, how you can start afresh, how you can make a change for the better. But that’s rubbish, to be honest. It’s a day. It’s a completely man made division, and, if you think about it, has no particular bearing on anyone’s life except changing some digits whenever you write the date! Why pick this day to change? Why decide to only make a New Years resolutions, if it means three months of continuing to do rubbish?

Every day can be the first day. And though that was on an almost Disney-ish level of cheesiness, it’s true. So yeah, by all means make a New Years resolution, and by all means stick to it, but if you screw up, its not the end of the world. A clean slate is always only prayer away with God.

Have a really good night (and here’s a comic from the awesome Calvin and Hobbs)!

Exams: the Root of All Evil

This here nugget is a post I just discovered looking back at an ancient blog I used to run in may 2008. I was just about to take my AS levels, and as you’ll see, I was a tad nervous:

That’s right folks, in less than two weeks I begin a series of controlled torture methods, otherwise known as AS levels. I’m actually very worried. Which is odd, because you would think that would fuel a burning desire to revise, but it really doesn’t… I start this hellish marathon with a double dose of Maths, followed by English, then Tech, and finally Physics. Not a lot of exams, admittedly, but enough to make a grown man weep. Which is what Jesus did when he was at Lazarus’ tomb. Which is a story in the Bible. Which is what we are going to look at now (seamless, don’cha think?).

There are a few different verses which could be looked at with regards to exams, like doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus, and various others, but I think probably the most reassuring one can be found in Matt 6:33-34:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

That’s one of things I love about Jesus. He’s completely in touch with reality (after all, he made it). He doesn’t go around telling people to trust him and everything will be flowery and pretty, He understands that ‘each day has enough trouble of its own.’ But, he doesn’t leave it at that, He tells us what we should do. We should ‘seek first his kingdom and his righteousness’ (which basically means, as the contemporary english version puts it, to ‘put God’s work first and do what he wants’), and he will help us through the troubles, in this case, through the swamp of exams. We don’t need to worry about what will happen tomorrow, or in just less than two weeks, because God will carry us through it.

Unfortunately, though, it doesn’t say don’t revise…

Blast From the Past

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee

Frances Ridley Havergal

(1836 – 79)

No need for an explanation here, really. I think the lyrics speak for themselves.

Make this the anthem to your life.