Happy New Year!

Theme: We don't know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.
Object: A calendar from the year just ending and calendar for the new year.
Scripture: Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come? Ecclesiastes 8:7

This morning I have two calendars with me. This calendar is for the year 2xxx. As you know, we have finished up the year 2xxx. You can see that my calendar is all marked up with the things I did over the past year. This calendar is of no use to me now except to help me to remember what I did last year.

This is my new calendar for the year 2xxx. You can see how nice and clean all of the pages are. This calendar is all ready for me to start planning for next year. Whenever I make an appointment or have something important to remember, I will mark it on this calendar. Pretty soon, my new calendar will start to look a lot like the old calendar as I make plans for the future.

There is nothing wrong in planning for the future, but we need to remember that no matter what our plans may be, we can't know for sure what is in the future. The Bible says, "Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come?" We can put appointments on this calendar from now to next December, but the only day that we can be sure of is today!

Some people become worried and frightened because they can't be sure of the future, but we don't need to worry, because even though we don't know what the future holds, we know who holds the future. The future is in God's hands, so we can rest easy in the plans that He has made for us. We can't be sure of tomorrow, but we have today, so we need to try to live it the way God planned it!

Dear Lord, thank you for giving us today. Help us to live it the way you have planned it. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.


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