Happy New Year!
This time of year is often used for setting goals. However, many endeavors fail before the end of the first month! Largely, this is because the goals we set are unobtainable.
As I considered 2012, I was struck by the number 12.
In the Bible, this often is a symbol for the church. You have twelve tribes, twelve apostles, and the book of Revelation is filled with this number. Heaven is described with 12 gates and 12 different jewels. From cover to cover, the Bible speaks of the people of God in terms of 12.
The season we have just left has the 12 days of Christmas. Why twelve? I’m not sure, but it is catchy.
In football, we have the 12th man that represents the influence the noise of the fans can have on a game at a stadium. Seattle has even retired this number in honor of the advantage the crowd gives them in their home games.