Today's word with Dr. Bruce Chesser.
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I remember when I was a boy that I had a friend in my class who did not have very much.  He had older brothers and it seemed that everything he had, used, or wore was a hand-me-down.  I had older siblings, too, but they were sisters, so I could not wear their hand-me-downs.
I remember one-time Malcolm got some new clothes at Christmas.  A new coat.  New pants.  Some new shoes.  Man, he was an excited child.  I had never seen a friend so excited about, of all things, clothes.  I didn’t really understand his enthusiasm about something to wear.
Later in life I came to understand that Malcolm’s family was very poor.  I did not realize it then.  I didn’t know kids think about those things.  But the reason he was so excited about it that Christmas is that he was getting something, maybe for the first time in his life, that was brand new. 
The new year is going to bring something brand new to us.  And, it is a wonderful gift.
That sounded so far off a few years ago.  I remember when I moved to Hendersonville and I asked Bill Gruenewald when we would be out of debt.  He said “oh, 2021 or 2022, something like that.”  I remember thinking, “wow, that is a long time from now.”  But here we are.  It’s already 2020.
If you need to begin some new disciplines in your life; praying, reading the Bible, sharing your faith, being a good steward … now, is the time.  This new year is for you.
If you need to make some adjustments in the way you treat people or your work ethic or in other habits of life … now is the time.  This new year is for you.
If you want to be a better spouse or a better parent/grandparent … now is the time.  This new year is for you.
It’s here.  Let’s make the most of it.  It will be gone before you know it.
Happy New Year!

Vision 20/21 Scripture for the Day: John 1

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