I have done some pretty adventurous stuff in my life time. At my current age, I would probably not be willing to take half the risks I took at half my age. However, I am so glad I took each one I did.
As I confront this year, I realize that in some ways every day is a risk. No, not as adventurous as some of the intentional risks I have taken, but each new day poses challenges, threats, obstacles and opportunities that I cannot foresee. I have to walk blindly into the day and hope that it turns out for the best.
I am not sure what I will be writing at the end of this year. No one knows how their year will end. I only hope, that however 2015 concludes, I will have made good decisions along the way and will be able to say, "It is well with my soul."
So as we all face uncertain days, here are a few bits of advice for the days ahead
- Pray more - I know I need to pray a lot more.
- Give more - No, not money only, but time, self and energy.
- Care more - Even when things happen thousands of miles away from where I live, I do know I need to care more.
- Love more - I do believe that love is the cure to many of the problems in this world. If we opened our hearts to love others more our world would be a different place.
No one can tell the future. My dad always said, when he found a fortune teller that could first tell him all about his past, he might listen to what they had to say about his future. The truth is, when cannot be sure of the next moment. But there are some things we can control. Here are a few of those things.
- I can control my attitude - I can ensure that I live my life well and keep my attitude right.
- I can control my spending - I can ensure that I am not irresponsible with my finance and make good decision for the year ahead.
- I can control my habits - some of my habits are good and some can be destructive. I know I am the only person who can control my habits.
- I can control my eating - I have control over what goes into my body this year.
There are many things I cannot control - my future is one of those things. However, I can control the way I choose my attitude in any and every situation.
I am determined to ensure that 2015 sees right attitudes flowing from my life at all times. I cannot control other people, but I can ensure that however they treat me, whether good or bad, I will ensure that I keep my attitude right. I will not blame others for my bad attitudes because I am the only one who can determine that. I can control what I eat and spend and where I go.
I plan to make good choices throughout the year. When I end 2015 I want to know that I have lived well and honored God in everything I have said and done. That takes discipline. Not just daily discipline, but moment by moment discipline.
Start living right now so that you end your year successfully!
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,