2011 Bulletins "The Year of Possibilities"
January 2011 “ITALIAN NEW YEAR”
H. L. Sheppard
“ITALIAN NEW YEAR”
Those inventive people, the Italians, have a custom. As midnight on New Year’s Eve approaches, the streets are clear. There is no traffic; there are no pedestrians; even the policemen take cover. Then, at the stroke of 12, the windows of the houses fly open. To the sound of laughter, music and fireworks, each member of the family pitches out old crockery, detested ornaments, hated furniture and a whole catalogue of personal possessions which remind them of something in the past year they are determined to wipe out of their minds.
No matter what a man’s past may have been, his future is spotless. Let us make 2011 the most eternally productive or our entire Christian lives!
If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400, that carried no balance from day to day, allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and finally every evening cancelled whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day, what would you do? Draw out every cent-of course!
Well, you have such a bank and its name is “TIME”. Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off –as lost- whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries no balances. It allows no over-drafts. Each day the bank named “Time” opens a new account with you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits the loss is yours.
Yesterday is a cancelled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is the only cash you have – spend it wisely.