My mind and body are finally starting to defrost. The momentum of the new year and my determination to “get back to normal” have been on hold. Bitter temperatures, snow, and ice descended on the Atlanta metro last weekend just as I was recovering from the holiday season. Where else but Georgia in January can you have a 4o wind chill one Saturday and 65o the next?
In order to move forward, it helps me to have an inspiration, a goal, or a plan as I navigate the 355 days left in 2017. These quotes express my desire to make my days count this year.
“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.” – Vern McLellan
“We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.”
– Hillary DePiano
January is a good time to look back and to look forward. In spite of the challenges and difficulties of last year, I choose to celebrate my many blessings. Blessings are wonderful, but the question is what will I do with them? Will I hoard them or share them?
The child’s nighttime prayer is to bless mommy, daddy, little sister, big brother, etc. That is great for a child, but it should not be the totality of our adult prayer. If God has already blessed greatly, should we ask for more?
Compared to much of the world, we have more blessings than we deserve. If we have something in abundance, our goal should be to share that abundance with others. 2017 would be a good year for me to ask God each day to make me a blessing to someone else. How would that show up in real life? Kind words for the person who waits on me at the bank and grocery store. Lending a helping hand to someone in need or offering to pray for somebody who is hurting. These are simple acts of kindness.
An elderly man jumped on the mother of two at the Ft. Lauderdale airport to protect her from the recent shooting. He whispered to her, “I will protect you.” Both of their lives were spared by his heroic act. We never know when we might have the same opportunity to spring into action. If we make a habit of passing along blessings to others each day, an unselfish act will be second nature for us.
When I think about sharing my blessings, I recall a church hymn I used to sing years ago:
“Out in the highways and byways of life,
Many are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
Making the sorrowing glad.
Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine,
Make me a blessing, O Savior I pray;
Make me a blessing to someone today.”
—Ira B. Wilson (1909)
Who can you bless today?