Well, contrary to what it looks like on the blog, The Sheep haven't been sitting idle these past ten days. They have walked in the snow,
tested the strength of the frozen creek (it was strong enough to hold them, plus a LOT more),
watched football , gone to the movies, and played in the outdoors. But the most important things that They have done can't be chronicled in photos. The most important thing They have done is to contemplate the meaning of Christmas. Not the gifts or the shopping or the lights or the trees. Not even the snow or cozy fireplace. Some of the most important things about Christmas,They decided, are the memories made with Loved ones. It doesn't matter what the day is, any day is special when you can spend it with the people (or The Sheep) you love.
But even more important than family and friends, is the sense of renewal and the knowledge that THIS - this season, this time, this weather, this LIFE - isn't all there is. There is more to life than just the day to day grind with a bright spot or two to look forward to. There is PURPOSE!
The Sheep have a purpose, it is up to THEM - as it is up to us all - to find it. The difficulty for us all is to not get caught up in the day to day, the tasks that have to be done, the business of life. If we forget to look for the purpose, for the reason behind the day to day grind, we forget to LIVE!!
So no matter what this New Year brings, remember to find YOUR purpose. Don't forget to LIVE this life you've been given. There is a purpose for you and a reason you were put on this earth. If you haven't found it yet, spend some time in quiet reflection. Ask God why He made you, He had a plan in mind for you before He placed you in your Mother's womb. He knows the reason for your birth - for you life, even if you haven't found it yet.
Perhaps Linus summed up the meaning of Christmas best..