"Another fresh New Year is here....another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt and fear, to love and laugh and give!
This bright New Year is given me, to live each day with zest.....to daily grow and try to be my highest and my best!!!
I have the opportunity, once more to right some wrongs, to pray for peace, to plant a tree, and to sing more joyful songs!" ~William Arthur Ward
What a simple little poem, what prophetic words. I believe as humans we complicate life; if we were to follow the guiding of the Holy Spirit and invested more in our own spirit then those things that cause us angst would soon be conquered. You might find my thoughts presumptuous and unrealistic but I assure you they are not. I have lived the life where my time and thoughts were filled with ways I could manipulate my life so I got what I wanted.....I had the perfect plan and I tried with no success to make things happen that were not meant to happen. The day I gave is over to God....I mean really gave it over (I was a Christian a good 10yrs before this momentous release) and let God do what He needed done, miraculous things started to happen. When I quit trying to manipulate my life and cleared my head...I had time to think on lovely things.....I noticed things I had not noticed before......I was free to live in the moment!!!
Before you decide that I am a saint or crazy then I will reveal that I am neither and old habits can creep back in, the difference is I know I have authority over those unproductive thoughts. I am not sharing this information to be boastful or unfeeling....I just want each and everyone of you to experience a life of freedom...I share this hoping you will be encouraged and know that those mountains that you face can be overcome.
Don't misunderstand me....life is still messy and things are not always a walk in the park but how I deal with those unlovely things has changed. When life throws me ugliness I cry out to my Father in Heaven and He gives me the wisdom to see He will get me through what ever is headed my way, good or bad.
My New Year wish to you is to let go, marvel in the moments of this coming year and the years to come and sing more joyous songs!!!