Celebrating Insanity

At midnight tonight, January 1st, most of the world will celebrate insanity. Insanity?

There is a popular definition for insanity that is attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and others. It goes like this:

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Times Square will be filled with people who watch a crystal ball descend as midnight approaches. Millions more watch on television. When the ball ends its journey a massive celebration erupts. People will be excited about the promise of a new calendar year. They hope the disappointments of the previous year will be replaced by better times in the new year.

People believe a change in the calendar can bring a change in fortune, or relationships, or happiness, or health. But after the celebrations, morning comes again. The challenges in life remain as daunting as ever. As Christians, the New Year offers an opportunity to talk about change that is not rooted in insanity or false expectations.

[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]