I had a wonderful Christmas with my family and I trust you did as well.
Some of you might be interested to know about what the most read blogs of 2013 were on my site this year. And perhaps a few other interesting tidbits.
Here ya go:
My blog was viewed over 21,000 times in 2013. Folks from 134 countries viewed the blog. The most visitors came from The United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. I had views from Turkey, Australia, Israel, France, Peru, Angola, Russia, Brazil, Germany, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Norway, India, Thailand, and many, many other countries. Pretty neat what the ole world wide web can do.
The posts which got the most views in 2013 (as you can see, they are not necessarily 2013 posts) are ranked 1 through 5:
- 1 Let Me Get This Straight 0 comments December 2013
- 2 Do You Have a “Child-Run” Home? 0 comments March 2011
- 3 Why a Mission Trip Can Change Your Life 1 comment June 2010
- 4 Oh Be Careful Little Eyes What You See… 1 comment March 2011
- 5 What Does the Bible Say About Dating? 1 comment April 2012
You can click on those posts for your reading pleasure.
I close 2013 with something I saw earlier today form Jay Younts over at Shepherd Press earlier today.
At midnight tonight, January 1st, most of the world will celebrate insanity.
There is a popular definition for insanity that is attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and others. It goes like this:
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Times Square will be filled with people who watch a crystal ball descend as midnight approaches. Millions more watch on television. When the ball ends its journey a massive celebration erupts. People will be excited about the promise of a new calendar year. They hope the disappointments of the previous year will be replaced by better times in the new year.
People believe a change in the calendar can bring a change in fortune, or relationships, or happiness, or health. But after the celebrations, morning comes again. The challenges in life remain as daunting as ever. As Christians, the New Year offers an opportunity to talk about change that is not rooted in insanity or false expectations.
Apart from the renewal that can only come from a saving relationship with Jesus Christ the new year will be just like the old one – another exercise of insanity. Just because people mired in conflict with God gather in a large champaign-toasted celebration does not mean there will be renewal and redemption. People believe they can make things better by their own effort and will. But, what promised to be new quickly becomes old again.
May God grant that we would have compassion for those deceived by the false hope of a happy new year. Believing that things will get better apart from Christ is a cruel deception. It truly is an exercise in futility. Even if bank accounts grow or fortunes appear to improve, the relief this provides is short-lived.
Happy New Year can be a wonderful greeting if we point people to the real reason for happiness.
Help your children to grasp that hope for being made new is only found in Christ. Only he can take what is old, corrupt, and deceitful and make it new. No celebration, no matter how large it is, can change this truth. Pray that we will find ways to show those around us the emptiness of trusting in a change of the calendar. Point them to Christ, who alone, can make what is old into something new. Help stop the insanity.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Amen and amen!
Happy New Year to each of you! I’ll see you next year!!