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It is a new year! There is something about the New Year that gives people a sense of renewed hope. There is that feeling of whatever happened in the previous year, stays there (Vegas style), that thought of “things will be different this time”. A new year comes with 12 new months, untouched. It’s like getting a clean new slate. I always believe that it’s a chance to do things differently and forget the mistakes and pains of the years past. For instance, if last year I burned bridges when I shouldn’t have, this year I am rebuilding. A new year offers a great chance for a fresh start!
This year, I have decided not to make any resolutions. I never stick to them anyway. However, I have decided to do things a little differently. One of the things I want to do is become more appreciative. I want to stop complaining and instead learn to be more grateful.
Yesterday, I was listening to a sermon on thanksgiving and it dawned on me that I have a lot to thank God for. There are so many things that we as human beings take for granted. We remember to thank God for the major things such as the new big job, or the new born baby or for saving us from a life threatening situation. However, we forget the simple things such as the gift of friendship, the gift of life, family, good health, peace and all the other things that we take for granted.
It is my prayer that this year will be different. I pray that I will have a more grateful heart. I pray that I will be able to see the beauty in every morning and remember to thank God for life and for every single day. I pray that I will be able to appreciate the lovely sound of music, beautiful music (ol skul music in my case) and the lovely sound of laughter. I pray that I will be able to appreciate the sights and scenery more when I walk around. I pray that I will be able to take time and appreciate the fresh air smell of Limuru and the love the beautiful scents that surrounds me.
I pray that I will be able to thank God for the gift of speech and the voice that I have. It may not be quite musical (actually it’s really high pitched so singing and screaming from me almost sound the same so a music career is definitely out of the question) but all the same I will appreciate it more for I know that being able to speak means that I am truly blessed. I pray that I will remember to be thankful for my job. I remember the time I got this job; I went down on my knees in my living room thanking God for it. However, as months go by, the job has become a part of my daily routine. I pray that I will go back to appreciating this wonderful gift.
I pray that I will be a better friend this year. I will be more appreciative of the fact that I have people in my life who I can count on in times of need. Many are the times that I forget about them and assume that they will always be there when I need them. This year, I will be thankful for the gift of friendships.
I will also be thankful for the gift of family. I pray that God will help me be more appreciative of this amazing gift of kinship. I hope to spend more time with them and learn to thank God for every minute he gives me with them.
This year, I pray that I will be appreciative of the gift of writing. I love to write and when I started this blog, a lot of people contacted me and encouraged me to keep going. At first, I was really excited about it. However, with time, the posts got fewer and far apart. I pray that I will be more appreciative of this opportunity this year and I will be able to use it more.
Take a minute today and write down everything that you thank God for. Even if you feel discouraged right now or feel that God hasn’t blessed you enough. Just sit down and make your list of things that you are grateful for. You can start by thanking him for the gift of eyesight that has enabled you to read this blog. Then keep going and you will be surprised by just how blessed you are.
Once you have your list of blessing. Ask God to give you a thankful heart so that this year and forever you will learn to be more appreciative. Remember, gratitude gives way to a more fulfilling and happy life.
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
*Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
[*And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.]