My friend, Ron McClung recently wrote this wonderful piece I hope you receive as much encouragement from it as I did!
How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions? Enthusiasm waning? Ready to throw in the towel? If your resolutions are positive, I hope you’re still going strong.
May I suggest a few ideas to keep in mind for the New Year, based on an article I read by Dale Foster some years ago?
· Travel light. If you are like most people, you experienced your share of failures, disappointments, perhaps even resentments during the past year. Don’t drag those into the New Year with you. Instead, travel light.
· Live one day at a time. People often fail to enjoy each day for one of two reasons. Either they put off decisions they should make today and clutter up the future with procrastination. Or they borrow trouble by worrying today about what may happen tomorrow. Either method is unproductive. Live each day as it comes.
· Be generous. There’s a great deal of need in this world. Not all of it is material and physical. Much of it is spiritual as people reel under bitterness, prejudice, and critical attitudes. You can alleviate a lot of this by being generous with your praise and your positive comments.
· Face your problems with faith and courage. You have other options, of course. Some people run from their problems. Others resent them. Still others cower in fear. But we can face each day with courage, by His help.
· If you cannot change your circumstances, change your attitude. Life comes at us with increasing speed, it seems. Sometimes we find ourselves in tough situations – some of our own making, and some not. Either way, we can have a positive attitude and face life with determination
A college girl finished tacking a new calendar to her wall, turned to her roommate, and said, “This is going to be a beautiful year!”
“How do you know?” her friend asked.
“Because I am going to take it a day at a time and do my best to see that every day includes something beautiful.”
She evidently believed what the psalmist said: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24 NIV).
Every one of the 366 days in this Leap Year is a day He has made. Make it your goal to honor Him in each one.