New Year’s in the roundabout |

New Year’s in the roundabout

Gary Wingo

Driving in the Vail roundabouts is a lesson in faith. The question becomes, “Will I lose my faith screaming at other drivers or let the experience build my character?” The temptations are enormous. I find myself torn between shouting expletives or smiling at the person in that car about to cut me off. We’re living in that fateful time stuck between the joy of Christmas and the uncertainty of a coming new year. We’re challenged to think more in depth about New Year’s resolutions, hoping to become better people and living stressful lives. Whether or not we’re ready, we are still faced with the questions, “How will I respond to life’s uncertainties?” and, “What in the world does 2006 hold for me?” I just had knee surgery, an arduous process for a number of reasons. Besides the physical pain, I am mentally struggling as the best snow is falling in years! Here I sit. Honestly, to have the time to reflect and pray is a great gift. 2006 is a year of infinite possibilities, and while I never make New Year’s resolutions, I am making a commitment that will lead to my own happiness and my family’s health. Here it is: “The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,” Galatians 5:22.That’s my commitment. I’ve decided to let God help me handle life’s uncertainties. He actually wants to get involved in those “roundabout” experiences life deals us. God brings into play his love, grace, and power to lend a hand. Imagine if we acted toward others with these “fruits of God’s spirit”?- Instead of rage toward others, we can be patient and kind.- Instead of selfishness and self-gratification, we can love people for who they are.- Instead of intolerance, we can give peace and hope to this dark planet we share.- Instead of judgment and negativity, we experience joy in the middle of hard circumstances.That’s the real adventure of life – allowing the God who loves you to express his spirit through you to everyone you lock eyes with. We can forgive where bitterness once ruled; we can be compassionate where hatred once reigned. For that child born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago is the one true Son of God, the Savior and friend to all who believe.Tomorrow is another year. With Jesus Christ enhancing your journey, 2006 does indeed have infinite possibilities, but only with his spirit joining with yours. So next time you’re in that roundabout – yes, shout at that other person! With joy in your heart, wish them a happy new year, and let them see the fruit of God’s spirit flowing out of your soul! Then 2006 will be the best year of your life.Vail, Colorado

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