And I’m home nursing a nasty cold that keeps playing hide and go seek with me. It’s bad, it’s better, and I start feeling optimistic. Then it’s bad again. So, for the sake of everyone around me, I decided not to share my sore throat and coughing/sneezing fits with my church family this morning.
So I’m thinking about the new year. 2018. This is the 70th new year I’ve seen, although I wasn’t aware of the first few 🙂 That’s a lot of years, and here are some things I’ve learned.
- New Year’s resolutions don’t work for me. I end up becoming discouraged.
- Day-to-day works much better. Just for today, I can do all kinds of things. I know it’s just a mind game, but still.
- Don’t ever take the next year–or the next day–for granted. Treasure each one. There may not be another.
- Same goes for the people in your life. They may not have a tomorrow, so treasure today.
- Be thankful. Be thankful to God for every blessing. If you’re feeling down, discouraged, depressed–there is a remedy. Count your blessings. Can’t think of any? Go read Psalm 107, then read it again, prayerfully.
- Here’s a counseling tip: If you depend on your feelings to guide your behavior, you’re asking for trouble. Feelings change from day to day. Instead, you need to depend on what you KNOW is truth, based on God’s Word. From my years in counseling, I could tell you story after story of people who relied on their feelings and ended up in terrible trouble, not understanding how it happened. Feelings are driven by what we believe to be true. If you believe your feelings are true, you’re going to be terribly confused from one day to the next.
- Most important: Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Then be thankful for that, and share Him with someone else. If you aren’t sure, go to the Gospel of John and read it carefully. It will give you the facts on Who Jesus is, why He came, and how you can have forgiveness and eternal life with Him.
So Happy New Year to all of you, and thank you so, so much for reading and following my blog. You are a great encouragement to me.