Goodbye 2012 ... Hello 2013
"Jesus said, 'By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.'"1
Today, as we pass from the Old Year into the new, may we accept the following advice for a worthy New Year resolution and remember to apply these principles every day of the year:
Smile at a stranger; listen to someone's heart;
hug a loved one.
Tell someone you're thinking of them. Drop a
coin where a child can find it. Learn something
new then teach it to someone else.
Look a child in the eye and tell them how great
Don't hold a grudge.
Don't be afraid to say, "I'm sorry."
Look beyond the face of a person into their
Make a promise and keep it.
Call someone for no other reason than to
just say "hello."
Show kindness to an animal. Stand up for
what you believe in.
Smell the rain, feel the breeze, listen to
Use all your senses to their fullest. Cherish
all your todays."2
And send an email or two of love and appreciation
to a friend and to a loved one.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for all your blessings of this past year, and please help me throughout the New Year to always be 'as Jesus' and a channel of your love to every life I touch, and grant that they, seeing Jesus in me, will want you for themselves. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."
1. John 13:35 (NIV).
2. Marcella's Inspiring Collection, http://tinyurl.com/w9nb9.