Another year passes, and we find ourselves in January! Are you tired of the traditional New Year’s resolution to lose weight, get fit, or get out of credit card debt? One of the things that many struggle with every New Year are those resolutions. New Year’s resolutions! Who thought that up, anyway? About this time each year, you hear people say, “I am so ready for 2018 to be over.” As we face 2019 it is only natural for us to reflect on 2018. It is equally normal for us to feel disappointed in ourselves, families, accomplishments, financial status, etc.
Life can be tough, and when you’re faced with challenges and in need of encouragement, the best place to go is God’s word.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Romans 8:28 “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called for his purpose.”
If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.
If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.
If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.
As Americans, we can become accustomed to the many blessing we have. Practicing gratitude is one of the most reliable methods for increasing contentment and life satisfaction.
So, I encourage you to resolve yourself in 2019 to have an “Attitude of Gratitude.”
– Karen Birbeck, Life Enrichment Director