The New Year Won’t be New Very Long

Teach us how short our lives really
are so that we may be wise.
      —Psalm 90:12

A couple of hundred years from now historians will look back at this year with as much fascination as we look back on the world of George Washington or Bonnie and Clyde.

They’ll try to picture the world as it was to those of us who witnessed the assassination of John F. Kennedy, heard Elvis Presley sing, and saw Jackie Robinson play for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

They’ll wonder what it was like to ride in a car that required a human driver, and what life was like before outer space was colonized.

Narrow the time-frame: if you’re still around ten years from now, what will seem antiquated about this year? How will you have changed? Will you have grown spiritually?

It’s a brand new year.

But it won’t be new very long.

It’s too late to change the past,
but it’s not too late to change the future.