Today I wished my husband a “happy” new year, that we would actually make it joyful, blessed, purposeful, and peaceful. How does that play out? Maybe something like this?
^^We’re both Christian—born again:
——-JOY: Rejoice at every turn—that we are never going to taste death!
——-BLESSING: Remember from what we have been delivered.
——-PURPOSE: Be busy about the good works for which we have been created.
——-PEACE: Rest in the One Mediator: our sin is paid for.
^^We’re both employed full time; light and purpose can be brought to the workplace:
——-JOY: Start each day with a smile; find humor in the mundane; be fun to be around.
——-BLESSING: Look for ways to go the extra mile; do our very best at our job.
——-PURPOSE: Make righteously stellar choices; speak of Christ when the door opens.
——-PEACE: Take every workday to God in prayer.
^^We’re both blessed with a large collective of relatives and friends:
——-JOY: Make a point of gathering often; sharing food and fun.
——-BLESSING: Pick up the phone to keep in touch; being observant and meeting needs.
——-PURPOSE: Take one-on-one time to share experiences and help each other spiritually.
——-PEACE: Seek ways to cultivate peace between various family members and others.
^^We’ve both been blessed with many years on earth:
——-JOY: Share our understanding of God’s goodwill toward men in sending the Savior.
——-BLESSING: Seek out younger folks that can use training or mentorship.
——-PURPOSE: Treat each day as a gift, redeeming the time.
——-PEACE: Acknowledge that any good in us is because of God in us.
^^We’re both well provided for by the Lord:
——-JOY: Host people who have no way of paying us back; give to local needs.
——-BLESSING: Give time and resources; select specific needs to bless.
——-PURPOSE: Whatever offerings we make, let us make it about the Gospel.
——-PEACE: Be righteous with our finances, that peace may prevail.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~Wishing all of us a “Happy” New Year.