Like the rest of you, I am getting ready to usher in the New Year. An usher welcomes others in; they are friendly and are concerned for the welfare of others. They also protect the entrance from undesirable intrusion. So I am going to welcome in the New Year with Love, and not let in anything that is undesirable.
As God’s image and likeness, I share all his qualities of goodness. Even though at times I don’t feel much like a good person, that goodness is always there. It is a part of who I am as God’s image. So, when I discovered who I was, my true identity as God’s child, I had to stop letting Child Abuse and any other kind of unpleasant past rule my life. If I welcome in the New Year with these God like qualities, it will not only benefit me but all those around me. If I share the love, that has always been there even at the worst times of my life, that is in my heart, it will bring joy into the world and rebound back to me. That is the nature of Love. What you sew you reap.
The New Year is like a rebirth, a coming anew, an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start again. Now I know that may sound a little hokey to some, but it’s true. It’s a chance to start over, to begin again. Actually, every day is a chance to start again.
A new birth starts in a moment but goes on for years. When thinking about that it came to my thought that I should live that moment every day of my life. Mary Baker Eddy used an idiom: The Eternal Now, which to me means we need to live in the NOW at all times. This moment is all that counts. There is no past or future to be concerned with if we make the NOW perfect. In the new birth, we are pure and innocent, and we can carry that with us throughout all our NOW moments.
As I mentioned, in the beginning, an usher also guards the door against unwanted intrusion. So, I am going to guard the door of my thought and refuse entry to any suggestion that would distract me from the good that is intrinsically mine. I’m going to keep my mind full of positive (God like) thoughts that create happiness in my life. When I fill my mind with these thoughts, there is no room left for the negative thoughts that would try to drag me down into depression or anxiety. This is keeping my NOW moment pure.
So, what are the things I want to do this year? I guess I’m talking about a new year’s resolution. Have any of you ever kept your new year’s resolutions? I don’t think I have, I make them, then promptly forget them. But this year is going to be different. I have a reason to keep them. I have found a way to do what I have thought about ever since I started into my recovery, about 30 years ago. I want to help others that are suffering as I did. “. . . the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” II Corinthians I:3
In the New Year, I will keep sharing the things I’ve learned, and not fear the consequences. So here are my new year’s resolutions: 1. To improve my blogs. 2. To educate myself on how to make my website better and how to use Face Book to the fullest. 3. To learn more about self-publishing, just in case. 4. To get rid of some lingering fears and become a more open and friendly person. 5. To be a better listener. 6. To slow down and take things one step at a time. After all, what’s the rush, I am retired.
Well, I don’t want to overdo it so I’ll stop here. This is like going back to school. That’s enough for this year.
I think these tools will better prepare me to help others that are suffering. I pray that God will give me the words that will inspire people and help them see the light in this New Year.