I have determined to be thankful after the Christmas festivities have ended. I will begin by writing thank you notes for the wonderful Christmas gifts I received. My goal is to keep finding ways to express my gratitude in the coming year. This should help reverse the inevitable doldrums that set in after the holidays are over. It should affect my outlook on life in general in the coming months. It will take the focus off of me and onto others. It will help me to thank and focus on God from whom all blessings flow.
This is the beginning of my reflection over the past year and the time to set some new year’s resolutions. I realize that I have been truly blessed this past year. I am thankful for family and friends that have been with me through the highs and lows of 2014. I am thankful that we have all been together to celebrate Christmas again. God has given us health, financial provisions and many unexpected and undeserved blessings. We have jobs, wonderful food to eat, nice clothes to wear and comfortable homes. We have a Savior who loves us unconditionally despite our shortcomings or failure to recognize His many blessings in our lives. He gives us second and third chances. Each year we have the chance to start over and try to do better than the last year. By His grace, we will try to do better….. again. If we start out being thankful for all that He has done in the previous year, I think that our success rates for change in 2015 will soar.