At this time of year there are always the questions of “What do you want for Christmas?” And every year I scan my memory banks and try to figure out what I need and/or want. Every year it is difficult because I don’t think about those things too much I just go along and do what I need to do day in and day out. It is almost a burden to answer those questions. Every year my family manages to give me things that are appreciated no matter what I tell them or don’t tell them. They understand that I have trouble with the question and have learned to adapt to my quirkiness.
This year I think that I will give myself a present. Because of something I read online recently I had some questions. What if all my life I would have spent a little time at the end of each day thinking about the best thing that happened that day? What would my life have been like? Would I have had a more positive attitude? Would it have made a difference in the lives of my children and family?
I can’t change what I have done in the past but I am in control of how I live my present. So I am giving myself a present that will last the whole year long. At the end of every day instead of complaining about the bad things that happened I will think on the good things that happened. I realize that some days the good things are harder to find, but that will be the challenge in it.
My plan is to not just do this with myself alone but with those around me. As I establish this as a daily process I am also going to establish another thing. In the past when I have struggled to get along with some people I have added them to my prayer list as a way to help. This is a great thing to do, but I believe it is time to step it up a notch and begin to think about and when possible speak to them about the good things I see in their lives. The more positive things I think about them the better the relationship should become and the easier it will be to love them as God loves them
God sees who He has made us to be and not all the faults. It is time for me to see myself and others from God’s perspective.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
If I can use this scripture for myself then I should use it for the others around me too. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.