annoy me. They always have. Most superstitions annoy me, but I suppose that's another post all together.
Maybe my peeve with the wives and their tales comes from being told that eating black-eyed peas brought fortune in the New Year. I hate black-eyed peas. My thought was that if the fortune to come was anything at all connected to the black-eyed peas, then it was definitely not worth a fortune.
I didn't stand up to my mom about the issue until the New Year's lunch of my freshman year in college. It was a showdown almost UFC like. Mom fixed the traditional fixings--cornbread, ham, black-eyed peas, probably some greens. And I went through, served my plate and purposefully left off the peas. When confronted, I told her that I'd spent the whole first semester making healthy meal choices and that I did not like black-eyed peas, had never liked black-eyed peas and that as an 18 year old believed I could now be in charge of whether I ever ate black-eyed peas again.
In my mind I said it respectfully. Reality may not have intoned it that way because Mom replied that I would spend the day ironing (supposed to be a figure of bad fortune if done on New Year's Day). I told her that was fine. I'd rather have the fortune of my own hands than any brought to me by black-eyed peas.
Ouch. It all stings just thinking about it this many years later.
But the point remains, I greatly dislike the superstitions of New Year's Day.
I want this day's activities to be as purposefully given to God as any other day. That at the end of the year, if fortune occurred, God receives all the glory. That at the end of the year, if fortune disappeared, God still receives all the glory. I agree that this day has the herald of introspection attached to it, and I spend time thinking what will the new year bring, but I pray that it does not bring greater self focus.
Greater mortification of personal sin is a better resolve. Greater loss of pride. Greater affection for God's truth. Greater attention to His law. Those are resolves that need to mark not just this day, but every day. With or without black-eyed peas, I pray that your hearts are turned to His marvelous works and words that transform lives.
Happy New Year!