January 1st 2002: So much for a big night. I'm sitting at my little breakfast table and watching a rerun of the "I Love Lucy" fifth anniversary show on T.V. I have always loved the "I Love Lucy Show". So much in fact that my last two cars were named after Lucy and Ethel. Lucy was my first and Ethel, my second. I actually became very sad to see Ethel go. I sold her to a couple from Romania who were so excited to be in the U. S. They promised to be kind to Ethel. My new car is Audrey ( after Audrey Hepburn). Believe me, I needed a new car. Ethel had seen better days.

Wow, this year has gone by so fast. I tried to write profound statements in my journal but all I could think of is that it only seemed like yesterday when I was trying to write down my thoughts of new years day 2001.

The dramatic change in our world this last year makes my experiences seem relatively unimportant. However, in my life this last year, I have been able to travel around the country singing and speaking about the Lord. Regardless of our circumstance, there is nothing more important to me than doing just that. What a joy.

No matter how hard my life seems at times, there is always some one out there whose life is much harder. Yet, I have the honor and pleasure of sharing the only true hope (a personal relationship with Jesus Christ). He's it, the only person we can know as our Savior. I can only refer it back to Him as the reason for anything good.

I guess I am supposed to have goals or resolutions for the New Year. Except for the continual prayers for strength, wisdom and kindness, I don't have any "new" goals. In addition to praying for these things, I pray for peace and joy and the abundant life that Jesus speaks of. I can't imagine a more worthwhile goal than to seek the love God has for me. His direction is there for the asking.

In 2002, I plan to keep sharing hope. I'll keep reading the Word and striving to be an example of Christ every day of the New Year. I'll pray hard and ask for His will in my life because with Him, every day is special and every night is a big night.


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