Wednesday, December 31, 2008

365 Days

As 2008 comes to an end and we wait expectantly for the New Year to arrive, I’ve been thinking about goals and priorities. At this time of the year I am also able to look back on the past twelve months and actually tick off various goals which I achieved. I thank God for guiding me in these goals; for showing me how to prioritise.
I thank God, too for the many blessings He has showered on me and my loved ones. It is only by His grace that I have life and life in abundance. Amen!
In 2009 I’ve decided to give something away every day. If I can give something tangible, then I will. On the whole though, I’ll be giving away little, no-thanks-expected, intangible things.

I’ll listen more and speak less.
I’ll speak kindly to a stranger.
I’ll release a grudge.
I’ll pray for someone no-one likes, including me!
I’ll apologize if I’m wrong.
I’ll encourage an older person.
I’ll gladden the heart of a child.
I’ll give a soft answer, even if I feel strongly about something.

I will make next year an ongoing gift of myself to others. I’ll do it without announcement, without obligation, without reservation, and without hypocrisy. I will ask the question: What would Jesus do? Then I'll do the same...
May the New Year bring you happiness, joy and peace.
(Note: Various excerpts from crosswalkmail.com)

4 comments:

  1. great post, Jo, I love it.

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  2. Thanks Toni, rich blessings, prosperity and love to you and yours for 2009. Hugs Jo

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  3. Happy New Year!!!

    I have been working on a goals list (a very long one of specifics) for the new year. I'm looking forward to seeing what I accomplish.

    What type of cactus is that in the photo? They are gorgeous!

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  4. Hi flmom. I like your idea of a goal list for 2009. You go! The cactus is cactus cereus spp. If you like you can see what my garden looked like "before" in a post I did when I started this blog. Here is the link: http://memorablemeanders.blogspot.com/2008_10_01_archive.html. A blessed and love-filled New Year to you and your loved ones. Hugs Jo

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