Should Old Acquaintances Be Forgot….
Last night was New Year’s Eve… I had guests over, one even spending the night. And to tell you what kind of party-er I am, I fell asleep in my recliner as people were talking. By a little after 9 I excused myself and went to bed. My husband stayed up and visited with our quest that was spending the night. (But he was in bed long before midnight as well.) We are definitely living out the definition of how New Year’s old age looks, I quote: “Young folks can’t wait to stay up to bring in the New Year and might even stay up ’til breakfast time; middle age folks tolerate staying up until the New Year makes it’s appearance and immediately go to bed; ol’ timers find that sleeping the New Year in is definitely the way to go!” At the Smith household the only sounds of horns that you will hear are those made by family members, including dogs, that are peacefully snoring the New Year in! With that being said, that doesn’t mean the New Year comes and goes without notice…
As I grew up, I can still remember, every year a certain song would be sung at New Years: “Should old acquaintances be forgot and old lang zine….” (I still sing it in my head when I think about New Years.) The question it asks is a good one: “Should old acquaintances be forgot?” Well, should they? My answer: Yes and No! Let me explain. Our family and friends should always be high on our priority list. These relationships are to be cherished, nurtured and treated with the utmost respect. But… there are certain “old acquaintances” that should definitely be forgotten. Those “old acquaintances” we have allowed to stick around – knowing they are not good for us, need to be eighty-sixed out of our lives: Old acquaintances like that unforgiving grudge we keep hanging onto; that bad habit the Lord keeps dealing with us about; and even “people” relationships that seem to draw us away from the Lord instead of helping us to draw closer to God. At Teen Challenge, if our students are going to be successful, they have to say good by to “old acquaintances” which drag them down. And I don’t know about you, but I am no different than they are. I, too, need to forget any “acquaintance” that hinders my walk with the Lord. I may need to lay down Self-Reliance. You may need to lay down Guilt from the past. Someone else may need to send Fear packing. The gal sitting next to you in the pew might need to lay down the need to please everyone else and start worrying about just pleasing the Lord. (The list could go on…) But, bottom line, we need to help these negative influences pack their bags and give them a one way ticket to No-where-ville!
I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. Mine usually go in “one year” and out “the other” – usually with little attention. But what I do believe in is taking a good hard look at myself – examining my life in light of God’s word; seeking godly council; and making a commitment to change with the help of the Lord! And, when I blow it… which unfortunately I probably will, I don’t look at it as, “Oh no! I have broken my New Year’s resolution”; rather, I look at it as, “Lord, please forgive me”, hanging on the promise that He will complete the good work He has started in me! So, this New Year, my goal is to close the door on the negative influences in my life, and open wide the door to His guidance; His will; and His strength. #committingmywaytotheLord! #God’swayistheonlyway