I love the New Year; it's a time of new beginnings. And it reminds me of what I like best about God: He always offers a new beginning. At any second, He'll allow you to start all over.
People will hold your past failures against you. Not God! He's just proud you cared enough to try.
People will make fun of you when your New Year's resolutions fail. Not God! He'll cheer you on, and if you do fail, He'll pick you up, dust you off, and point you toward the right path.
You can spend your whole life trying to fit into a mold others designed for you, and they may never be satisfied with your efforts. But God knows your desires and your purpose. He's the one who gave you your gifts and talents in the first place, and He won't ask you to leave them behind; they are an integral part of you.
People who follow my journal know I haven't preached much, and I won't now. However, I've learned that happiness comes from finding your place in the grand scheme of things, which I believe was God-designed. And I wish everyone could find happiness and fulfillment, because life here is short.
I've learned that often, God isn't nearly as hard on you as your parents and peers.
You may have given up on yourself, but God hasn't. If you only remember one thing from my journal, remember this: God hasn't given up on you, and He never will. You can't do anything bad enough to keep Him from loving you.
So you don't believe in God? He still believes in you, and wants what's best for you. Nothing you do will make Him hate you. There was a time I didn't believe, so I know what it's like from that perspective. I finally made a conscious choice to believe, and it changed my life.
Humans have nitpicked, and televangelists have begged for money, until people can only see a made-up version of the Almighty. We see a harsh figure standing over the earth with a whip in one hand and a collection plate in the other. Folks, that isn't God. I've met him. He's nothing like that.
I will now climb off my soapbox and get back to the normal flow of my journal (but it is MY blog, after all). Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen.