GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START
As we enter this New Year, I begin thinking of things I would like to do differently. It takes renewing my mind to think in a more positive way, and to include God in all my decisions. For God says in Jeremiah 29:11: “I know the thoughts I think toward you,” says the LORD, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
If someone asked me to name the most important part of my New Year’s resolution, I would have to say “my spirituality”. If our relationship with God is not in alignment, our relationships with others will suffer. We need to make time to spend in the Word of God, and to seek God to know His will and purpose for our lives. When our spiritual life is good, we will find deep inner peace to see us through life’s challenges. Let’s make time to pray together.
We might find some friends, colleagues or family members difficult to get along with. This can leave us in a state of uneasiness. When we try mending bridges and choose to forgive someone, we find we begin to see positive changes within ourselves. When we reach out in kindness and forgiveness to someone less deserving of it, we find our hearts transformed and softened.
Let’s admit it. These holidays did not do justice to our ‘unique physique’. We indulged a little too much and now we bulge a little too much. Let’s begin this New Year by taking time to exercise, and go for those long relaxing walks on the beach or in nature. Let us not forget the importance of drinking plenty of water while doing so.
Working is important to make a living and to keep ourselves active. This year let us look at the aspects of work. We all know the saying: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. We need to have a balanced life, take time to spend with the family and avoid burnout. Many marriages are on rocky ground because some are married to their work, driven off course by the desire to succeed. Let’s allow God to put the balance in our lives, and then we will really experience success.
May you all be blessed with peace, love and joy as we strive for a balanced life in the Spirit of God. May we achieve what we dream and hope for, in the plans and purpose that God has for our lives. May our New Year’s resolution be to resolve our differences and to involve God’s love in our world.