Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Three Important Resolutions for 2015
There is a commercial for an insurance company that shows a well-known football player celebrating his purchase of cold cut meat at the deli. It's meant to bring laughs and put a smile on your face, but there's some truth there. What if we approached our daily lives as if everything we did was worth a celebratory dance? How much happier would that minute of that particular hour be?
And rejoice! Celebrate all the good things that God, your God, has given you and your family (Deu 26:11 MSG).
There is power in praise. By fixing your eyes on the good things, even the normal everyday things, you make all the negatives that much less, that much smaller.
Have more Gratitude this year.
Be grateful for those around you, for any efforts they make on your behalf. Perhaps, you called them for a favor and they came through. Be sure to say, "Thank you."
Maybe they bought you a gift for a birthday, anniversary, or holiday. It doesn't matter if it wasn't exactly what you wanted or didn't cost as much as you thought it should. Express your thanks with a smile on your face, and here's an important part of gratitude - keep your negative opinion to yourself. Not everything is meant to be spoken.
You must encourage one another each day. And you must keep on while there is still a time that can be called "today." (Heb 13:3 CEV)
Your kind word of thanks might just be the very thing that will help someone out of a tight spot.
Concentrate on the task at hand.
I am good at completing work given to me by the deadline, most of the time, that is. But sometimes, I know I could have done it quicker. I could have concentrated and not allowed the distractions of life to pull me aside.
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. (Lk 8:14)
Social networks, text messages, sometimes we're too easy to reach and it diverts our attention. We tell ourselves it doesn't matter, but the truth is our delay always affects someone else. If we'd do what we know to do when we have time to do it instead of sitting it aside, we build respect and honor for ourselves as someone who can be relied on.
This goes behind business and into our home life. Did you pick up that stack of shirts you know your spouse asked you to, or did you say, "I'll do it later"? Because later never comes, and tomorrow is always one day away.
God our Father loves us. He is kind and has given us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope. We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father will encourage you and help you always to do and say the right thing. (2Th 2:16-17 CEV)
Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography
Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.