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HAPPY NEW YEAR

January 20, 2018
By Ula Zucker Williams

As we celebrate the beginning of a New Year, we are reminded that our role as Christians in the world today is to reveal Christ to others by the way we live our daily lives. As we begin this New Year 2018, may we all strive more to be more intentional disciples of Lord and His call to serve others by practicing the following: Practice Gratitude: Cultivating a grateful heart is the hallmark of a Christian. Every day, express thankfulness to the Lord and to others. Seeing the good in your life will allow you to keep your heart compassionate and loving. Encounter the Lord each day: Find time to be with the Lord each day, whether it is for ten minutes or an hour. Have a conversation with the Lord. Give your joys and worries to Him as well. Allow God’s love to transform them. Our encounters will keep our eyes and ears open to the presence of Christ in our midst. Be present to others: There is much celebration and mourning, joy and sorrow in people’s lives. What a blessing it is to share those times and not let others experience them alone. The gift of your presence is much more valuable than you realize. Resist overwork: There is pressure to produce, meet goals, and be successful. But activities that lead us to overwork, constant fatigue and worry do not give glory to God. What God calls us to do we can do well. Be mindful that life requires balance. Nurture family relationships and friendships: Our family and friends are those we choose to be with. They are a gift from God and give us a greater appreciation of God’s love for us. They need our time and our love. Give more: Realize that everything that we have is a gift from God entrusted to us and needs to be shared. Consider living more simply and be healthy. Don’t give up: People give up their New Year’s resolutions because of perfectionism and unrealistic expectations. So take it slow, be kind to yourself and keep trying. Resist the urge to throw your hands up and quit. You succeed through small manageable changes over time. Turn to the Lord: Ask the Lord for guidance, strength and perseverance in achieving your resolutions. In his letter to the Philippians, Saint Paul writes: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Phil 4:13) If Jesus is at the center of our New Year’s resolutions, they have a better chance for success. God bless you and your loved ones with a Blessed, Happy & Healthy New Year!

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