Welcome 2023; We Are Different Now

Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you about your destination.

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

15, there’s still time for you
22, I feel her too
33, you’re on your way
Every day’s a new day

100 Years” Five for Fighting

I find it interesting that we as humans are on a rush to say “goodbye to the old year”, and “welcome to the new” with few thoughts about what we’ve experienced the last 365 days, and what God expects us to accomplish for ourselves AND others in the next 365.

In episode two of season three of “The Chosen”, Jesus is telling the Twelve His plans for them. They will go out, by two, and preach, heal the sick, and perform miracles in His name, taking nothing for the journey. In the video, as He outlines specifics of their duties in the world, Jesus tells His disciples, “You are not the same men”.

We are not the same people we were at the beginning of 2022. We have been influenced by people, places, and events, and we have influenced as we have been able. We’ve been successful in some endeavors, we have come up seriously short in others. Hardly “new news”, but as our world seems to be more difficult to navigate, with artificiality and “surface joy” supplanting true satisfaction and self-confidence, we look to our God, and ask, plaintively, ”What do You want of me? I don’t understand!” It’s a question we as faithful have been asking since our time began. Yet, for all our “experts” and all our “modern conveniences” and all our artificial chemicals which supposedly enhance the  “good times”, the “good times” don’t appear. How many hours, days, weeks, months, in 2022 have been wasted in artificial pursuits?

We have been told, in our own way, our earthly journey requires our commitment, not our artificial “baggage”.

Perhaps, in a moment of all the festivities surrounding the arrival of the new year, we can remember the Lord has plans for us, and all they require is our journey being free of the distractions, and full of his life.

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Michael Throop

Dr. Michael Throop spent nearly 40 years on air in radio and television, with a majority of that time spent in broadcast journalism. He began his teaching career in Spring, 2007, as a lecturer in the University of Kansas School of Journalism. Michael joined Benedictine College in Fall, 2007, as an adjunct in the Journalism and Mass Communications Department, and was promoted to Assistant Professor in Fall 2019. He works with students in all levels, teaching Media and Society as an introductory and General Education initiative, as well as creating departmental courses exploring the emergence of social media and its impact on journalism, nonprofit communications, and the greater society