Theme for January: “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
“Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!” Often the things we use to satisfy us are only temporary fixes. Those temporary fixes can end up doing more damage to our lives than good. Perhaps the first few weeks of the New Year bring those issues to the forefront because even after the most wonderful times of the year, so many people seem unhappy, overburdened, super-stressed, and maybe even just downright mean, which is precisely why the Word of God is of supreme importance and a wonderful remedy to keep moving forward.
“As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.” We all affect each other, and research shows that unhappiness – and happiness – is caused by patterns in our lives: patterns in the things we do, which are called behavioral patterns, and patterns in the things we think, which are called cognitive patterns. The path to being happier can belong and sometimes requires great changes in one’s life. Being happy is something we need to cultivate every day with the help of the Body of Christ while adopting the right patterns in our life and then sticking to them.
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” Today is the day to realize and accept that joy in the Lord Jesus is our fundamental responsibility because it is part of our original nature. God created us to be happy! So why are so many sad? Just a small amount of self-awareness for each of us to make sure we are in the right place with the right attitudes will accomplish miracles! Today let us all decide to have a reality check, place everything in perspective, and most importantly, open our hearts to the Lord and pray for wisdom.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas A. Edison