Thomas L. Freidman, in his December 23, 2008 New York Times article, "Time to Reboot America", begins by comparing the bookends of a recent travel day. This day began in Hong Kong on a static free cell phone, rode on a true high-speed train while he surfed the Internet, and continued in a modern, state of the art air-port. Then he arrived in New York. Freidman says that, "landing at Kennedy Airport from Hong Kong was like going from the Jetsons to the Flintstones." He walked through an antiquated, ugly, and cramped low-ceilinged arrival hall.
Freidman then says, "The next day I went to Penn Station, where the escalators down to the tracks are so narrow that they seem to have been designed before suit-cases were invented. The disgusting track-side platforms apparently have not been cleaned since World War II. I took the Acela, America’s sorry excuse for a bullet train, from New York to Washington. Along the way, I tried to use my cell phone to conduct an interview and my conversation was interrupted by three dropped calls within one 15-minute span. All I could think to myself was: If we’re so smart, why are other people living so much better than us? What has become of our infrastruc-ture, which is so crucial to productivity?... That’s why we don’t just need a bailout. We need a reboot. We need a build out. We need a buildup. We need a national makeover."
As you read this, it means that you currently reside in 2015. A new year. A clean slate. A chance to ‘reboot.’ In Christian terms, the apostle Paul in Philippians 3:12- 14 said it best:
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
This is our spiritual reboot. It’s a reminder of what should be our focus, our life plan, and our roadmap. The cares of this temporal world many times seem more impor-tant than those things that last long after we’re gone. The beginning of a new year is a good time to reset our internal compass, remembering to fulfill God’s purpose and plan for our lives. We are to shake off the past, which we can’t change, and focus on a Christ filled future.
This year, we walk into 150 years of continuous Christian witness. God has been good, and now as we celebrate our past, we must yet calibrate ourselves into our future.
As a church, families, and individuals, let us reboot and refocus on what God has for you and me. After all, you can say that 2015, anchored in the Lord, is mine.
Peace and Blessings,