As we celebrate the New Year, let us all take a few minutes to reflect on the past year and look ahead at what we want to accomplish this year.
Whether you focus on marriage, family, friends, work, or life in general, there are things we can do (without much effort) that would make a difference in all of areas of our lives.
Think about compassion, patience, generosity, respect, kindness, self-control, integrity, gratitude, faithfulness and, most importantly, love.
When is the last time you showed compassion, had patience, expressed generosity, practiced respect, acted out of kindness, used self-control and upheld integrity? What about showing gratitude, faithfulness and expressing love to others?
Everyone likes to receive these types of things, but we ourselves often fall short of extending them to others on a daily basis. There are no greater attributes we can teach our children or accomplish as a family than having a passion to make the world around us a better place to live. We are all extended mercy and grace daily, and we receive blessings we never acknowledge.
My prayer, for you and your family, is that you to find joy, hope and the courage to be different and to make a difference, in the lives of others this year. Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you have to share with your family.