My 14-month old grandson, Blake, came to our family Christmas gathering wearing a tiny sweatshirt with a picture of a young boy playing baseball and the words, “I’m The Big Brother,” emblazoned across the front.
In all the excitement of the day, I didn’t pay much attention to the shirt at first. I knew there was an charitable organization in Nashville called the Big Brothers, and I figured Blake’s mom and dad had made a Christmastime contribution to the charity and perhaps gotten the shirt in return.
It wasn’t until Jamey and Beth finally picked Blake up, held him almost in my face, and confronted me with, “Hey, read his shirt!” that I realized I was being told there’s a new little Anderson on the way!
I haven’t been quite as blind to the approaching New Year as I was to the approaching new baby. In many ways, I’ve been ready for 2004 ever since early 2003.
The arrival of a new year, like the impending arrival of a new baby, provides us all with an opportunity to wipe the slates clean…to put our past mistakes and failures behind us…and to begin anew. My wish for you and for me is that we’re able to move beyond the disappointments, failures, and sadness of last year and into the new year with renewed determination, hope, and optimism.
In my case, I have to. I’m gonna have a new little grandbaby looking up to me come August!
Happy New Year!