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Happy New Year everyone,
Many people wait until New Year’s Day to make sweeping changes in their lives. However, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to wait for a specific day to make changes. When you recognize a need for change, make it then; don’t wait because on January 2nd, you will have a long wait until the next year.
I am eternally thankful to God for a new year and excited about what will transpire. I’ve heard many people complaining about 2016 being the worst year. Really????? It’s unfortunate that we, as people, have a tendency to focus only on the horrible things that happen in our lives. It’s also unfortunate that ministers, singers, and the church as a whole co-sign on this message. We experience it all the time in the sermons, songs, and plays. What happened to thankfulness and gratefulness? Why must we always endure “woe is me?”
If a person is always focused on the “bad” things happening in their life, they will never focus on the good. Who says the things that are happening to you are “bad?” Is it the world’s standard or did God tell you that? Are these things happening because of poor choices? Were we listening to the Holy Spirit when the choices were made that resulting in the “all badsomeness?” Or did we make the decision on our own accord and now that the consequences has set in, we want #FixItJesus by bemoaning and affecting others with our “woe is me” sermons and songs?
Frankly, I’m tired of hearing the ungratefulness and I know if I’m tired, God is too. However, He’s a loving and longsuffering God that listens to constant complaints and yes, He does fix it. The thing is that He will fix it sooner if we get out of ourselves and into Him with praise. Let’s remember our responsibility to ask for forgiveness and repent; yes these are also a part of the equation. The sooner this is done, the better. The time spent bemoaning should be spent thanking God for his loving kindness, goodness, mercy, and Him being the Almighty God. This should be done daily and not at a specific time of year.
Changing to be thankful versus bemoaning; makes every day a New Year.