I've decided that New Years Eve is kinda like an adult version of prom. Maybe it's just cuz I'm young and single, but here is my reasoning:
Maybe you don't relate to this, but I feel these pressures every time December rolls around and people begin talking about their NYE plans. It is beyond easy to get caught up in all of this. I mean, it's what everyone tells us we should be doing. Fortunately I catch myself in this thought process - is this really how I'm going to define the start of a new year? Am I going to let society tell me what I want/need and what's gonna make NYE the best night everrr?
I hope not. I hope I'll be able to recognize when I'm finding my value (or even the value of one night) in what society says instead of where I should be finding my value - in Christ. I'm pretty sure God's not like "NYE!!! Best night of your life, make sure you don't miss out!"
I'm not saying all of these things are bad. They aren't. But where is my heart in all of this? Where is your heart? What am I trying to prove? Who am I trying to impress? I don't want to get caught up in temporary things of this world when I have so much more to live for. This one night is not going to determine the rest of my life, or even the next year of my life. It's one night. And guess what? God willing, in 365 days, it's gonna happen again.
So what do you think? Do you agree? Do you find yourself getting caught up in the pressures of NYE?
Note: I didn't really spend time explaining what I mean by "finding my value in Christ" or "having so much more to live for." If you want to know more about that or don't understand exactly what I mean by that, please feel free to ask me. I'll commit right now to posting about those things sometime in the (near-ish) future. But seriously, if you don't want to wait until then and have questions, please ask.