Gratitude & Challenge

As we approach the end of 2016 and set our sights on 2017, it is important to take time to reflect on the past and imagine the possibilities ahead. I encourage all of us to take a few minutes to write down (not just hold in our head) all we have been grateful for in 2016. We have had times of pain, frustration and challenge, but I would guess even in those moments, there have been people or events that have given us reason to be grateful. It's always amazing to me that people who come to the church needing assistance have no problem listing all of the ways they are grateful. Gratitude is energizing! Gratitude can help us push the "reset" button in our lives and in our relationships. The New Year gives us opportunity to begin anew. How many pages can you fill? 
So when we have exhausted our list of people, things and events we are grateful for, let's find ONE thing, just ONE thing, we would like to focus on being better at in 2017. We don't need long lists. We need one choice that will both challenge us, and make us a better person in 2017. Go ahead and make a list, if you think that will be helpful, but then pick one, just one, because that will be plenty to accomplish and it will keep our eyes on the prize. If we are able to accomplish that one task well, we will be better personally, and more energized for a vision of tomorrow. 
Thankfully God pushes the "reset" button on a regular basis for each of us. Because of God's enduring love and gratitude for us, we are given chance after chance to begin anew. It will be because of our gratitude that we will be energized for a New Year! Happy New Year!
~ Eldonna Hazen

Posted on December 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm in Featured Content.

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