The stock market of 2018 ended with a wild couple of weeks. The market had record losses followed by record gains. If your life savings were tied to the stock market, you probably felt like you were riding the kind of roller coaster that turns your stomach into knots.

Charles Dickens began his novel A Tale of Two Cities with the iconic phrase, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. Today is the first day of the new year. No one knows what 2019 will hold. Like the stock market, you may be heading for record gains or record losses. How do you prepare for the roller coaster ride that will be 2019?

The older I get the more I prepare for record losses. If you are my age or older you probably feel the same way. Every time I begin to think what those losses might be, I become more and more thankful for what I cannot lose.

When Paul, the Apostle, is looking at a year of record losses he penned one of the greatest paragraphs in the whole Bible: “For I am sure that neither death or life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

I’d like to ask you to do something.

I usually just want you to read my blog. This time I’m going to ask you to write something. I want you to take the time to write out the verses that I just quoted. I could have cut and pasted those verses but when I write them out, something happens. Phrases slow down and when they slow down, they sink deeper. My guess is that many of us are going to need these verses this year. Let’s start the year by reminding ourselves of what we cannot lose. If you have a record year of gains, then it’s still a great verse to know. But if you have a record year of losses, then these verses will be a life raft you can cling to.

I’m wishing you the best in 2019 and I’m reminding you that Jesus has already given you the best. May his love be the thing you know better at every gain and in every loss.