Milestones, New Years, and the Works

Reflecting on the old year as the new year arrives; the significance of milestones and memorials

Milestone
Milestone

In two days, it will be another year, the year 2016. To me, the year has flown by.  I remember when it was January and we were skiing in Utah and saying goodbye to my newly graduated brother. Now I can hardly believe twelve months have gone by.

I have been blogging on the Real Side for a year and a half now. The next post I write will be my 100th post. See, I appreciate milestones. I have run my own business for almost two years, I graduated from college five years ago, and I have been a Christian for twenty years. Milestones, especially important ones, can mean something and should be recorded or remembered in your own way.

People always ask as you near the end of the year what your New Year’s resolutions will be. Well I don’t like to make resolutions; I like to remember milestones. I like to live my life off the catechism saying: “The chief end in life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Appreciate, Adore, Subject. That motto helps base my life and character.  With God’s help, I strive to be better.

In the Bible in the book of Joshua chapter 4, the people of Israel placed twelve memorial stones in the Jordan river–one for each of their tribes. When their children asked them what the stones meant, they would say it was remembering the covenant with the Lord. These stones would be a memorial forever. Memorials are like milestones; they are ways to commemorate important events. What is your memorial? What would you want your children to remember about you?

Milestones and New Year’s. Reflect on the past year and the things that happened that were significant, the things you learned, the ways you grew, the moments that shaped your life. Then strive to do all you can to be better in the coming year and learn more.

Have a blessed 2016!

“Then let us all do what is right, strive with all our might toward the unattainable, develop as fully as we can the gifts God has given us, and never stop learning.”
~Ludwig Von Beethoven~

Photo Credit: Doug Kerr

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Melanie Grunwald
When not blogging or volunteering her time for conservative causes, she runs a home editing business and can be seen poring over various clients' documents as well as playing piano, making cards, and spending time with her family. She continues to educate herself on pivotal issues in the world since gaining her college degree and being raised in a military family, which taught her the value of dedication, hard work, and citizenship.