“Two New Year’s Wishes.”
“Whether or not it will be a happy New Year must depend upon how the life plans itself as to conformity with God’s truth. If God’s message of salvation has not been accepted, there can be no true happiness for any man. This, then, should be the first wish of the New Year’s greeting to every unsaved soul.
To Christians this: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospereth.” ¹ From John to Gaius these words conveyed exceedingly appropriate and comprehensive good wishes. Gaius was a good man, a bright Christian, a man of healthy soul; and to wish him prosperity in business and health of body as he enjoyed prosperity of soul, was a very good wish indeed.
And because this greeting ought to be the best wish to any Christian, we use it as our New Year’s greeting, in the hope that some may be induced to make soul prosperity the chief concern, in order that the general well-being may be in no wise endangered in being regulated by it.
“To wish one a ‘Happy New Year’ cannot be sincerely done unless”…
Help to Make it Happy—The New Year’s benediction coming from Christian lips involves that boundless charity of which Paul sings in his inspired and matchless poem. To wish one a “Happy New Year” cannot be sincerely done unless the well-wisher gets his heart into sympathy with the well-wished, and there be some genuine outflow, not only of sentiment, but also of heart.
And further, the “Happy New Year” is but a puff of good-natured vapor unless he who utters it purposes and undertakes practically to make it effective. Every one has some endowment which may contribute to the happiness of his fellow, and his benediction ought to be regarded as his bond that such endowment shall be taxed for this purpose.
Review and Resolution–Let not the review of the past year pass over unnoticed the mysterious providence which has kept up the supply of common necessities, both temporal and spiritual; these, because of our thoughts upon special incidents, are apt to be forgotten.
Let the resolutions of this day be the convictions of a pure heart, and be made as in God’s sight, with full reliance on His power for ability to perform, and the time given to this exercise will be well spent.
Purpose and Performance–Let the purpose now be formed of seeking to know and do more of God’s will, of being willing to be guided by God’s Spirit, of cultivating more than ever the graces which are in Christ Jesus.
On the part of all, of pastors especially, let there be a year of persistent plodding, of consistent consecration, of unusual devotion to God’s Word, and earnest, effectual prayer.
The Unknown Year-The New Year is to every one as an unknown country, where field and wood, mountain, precipice, torrent, and quicksand, can only be guessed at. No man knoweth what shall be, whether life or death, prosperity or adversity, fame or disgrace. But we have His sure word of promise, and we have the teaching of His providence and our experience; having which, we do well to face what now is opening upon us hopefully and gladly, relying upon aid from the Father of mercies to correct the mistakes of the past and to make further advances in the business to which He has called us.” Dr. E.W. Dadson, BA., DD; 1902.