I don’t know if it’s trending on Twitter exactly, or what the hashtag would be. Maybe #2017sucked or #2018hasgottobebetter, but there’s a viral sentiment that 2017 has been a terrible year. I find this kind of generalization rather revolting. Wearing your ingratitude on your sleeve is cool now. It’s a thing.
I’m not saying that 2017 didn’t have some terrible events. It did. In fact, my own beloved mother died. But gratitude is always the answer.
There’s a lot we can’t control in this world. However, we can decide how we’re going to think, what we are going to put in our minds. Back in the Stone Age of computer programming, I took a course in Basic. We wrote simple programs that stressed the importance of precision. I can hear my professor saying “Trash in, Trash out.” If you feed the computer a trash program, you are not going to get the intended result. Our minds work exactly the same way. Trash in, trash out.
Do you consistently feed your mind with things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and excellent (Philippians 4:8)? Do you intentionally shift the gaze of your life to Jesus? Is the praise and thanks of your lips incessant (1 Thessalonians 5:18)? Because these are my goals.
The mommy bloggers who grouse and complain and say “Don’t Carpe Diem” have it wrong. Dead wrong. Give thanks. Fill your mind with beautiful things. Work for justice. Give generously. Turn your eyes on Jesus. This is the formula for a banner year. Always has been. Always will be.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!
P.S. Today is our anniversary—22 Years! I love my man and am so grateful for him. Will lives out the message of this post on a daily basis. He has an amazingly consistent routine of reading and meditating on Scripture. He keeps a long list of people that he prays for. Every day before he leaves for work, he prays over me. What a tremendous gift to wake up next to him nearly 8,000 times!