Happy New Year!!!
New beginnings are always filled with the excitement of possibilities. At the beginning of a new year we make resolutions and goals that we hope to accomplish. We prepare vision boards of our wishes, hopes and dreams for the new year. We promise ourselves we will lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, pray more and so many other good promises. New beginnings offer hope that the future will be better than the past even if your past year was a good one.
I love the quote by Jane Goodall, “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” If indeed what you do makes a difference then you do have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. What kind of difference you want to make in yourself? What kind of difference you want to see in your life, in your family, in your finances? What differences do you want to see in your community? How can your decision to make a difference change the world?
It does begin with each of us individually. A decision is a powerful thing and moving forward in your decision can change your life and the lives of others. Every decision we make has consequences and for every action there is a reaction. Consequences and reactions are not always bad, as a matter of fact, reaping what we have sown can have some awesome consequences. If we have been faithful in our service to God and humanity there are blessings connected to being faithful. There are promises in God’s word that follow obedience to God. If we tithe God promises to open the windows of Heaven and pour out blessings that we don’t have room enough to receive. Those blessings can be financial but they can also be in our families, our places of employment, in our health and so many other areas of our lives.
The older I get the more I realize that there is more time behind me than there is in front of me, I will not live another 62 years on this earth, so I have decided to Live. In 2018 my one word for the year is “Live.” Live fully, live passionately, live without fear, live my life in living color, live to please God, live out loud and live my authentic self. Living my life fully, passionately, without fear, colorfully, out loud, pleasing God and authentically may not look the same way as yours. I’m sure it will look very different from yours but the main thing is to live YOUR life. So, if what you do makes a difference you have the power to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Don’t let anything in your past hold you hostage. Don’t let the past cause you to think you are not worthy. Don’t allow the past to keep you paralyzed. Don’t let the past steal your purpose. Move through IT. Move through the pain, move through the fear, move through the hurt, move through the disappointment, move through procrastination, move through grief, move through loss, move through health issues, move through financial problems, move through feelings of self-doubt, lack and not being good enough. Move through IT…whatever your IT may be.
Decide today what kind of difference you want to make in and with your life, move forward and “Live.”