Someone sent me "twenty tips for better living in the new year." I liked it so much I taped it up on my desk so that I could read it every day.
Here it is for your enjoyment:
Here are twenty tips for better living in the New Year (shamelessly copied from Daily Encounter!)
- Rise and pray every day: "Again today, dear God, I commit and trust my life and way to you. I'm available. Please use me to be 'as Jesus' to every life I touch."
- Don't sweat the small stuff.
- Remember these simple sentences: "I was wrong." "I am sorry." "Please forgive me." "Thank you." Say them whenever needed and say "I love you" often — whether needed or not.
- Come apart and rest a while before you come apart — stress is a killer.
- Remember, "Nothing changes if nothing changes."
- Don't nurse grudges: "Failing to forgive is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."
- Carpe diem. Seize the day. "Opportunity comes to pass — not to pause."
- Quit the blame-game — "choice, not chance, determines destiny."
- Control your thinking or your thinking will control you. "What the mind dwells on the body acts on."
- Invest your life in a worthwhile cause by having a noble purpose for which to live—one that is bigger than yourself—one that will help make your world a better place in which to live.
- Be a positive realist. You will always see what you are looking for: "Two men look out the same prison bars. One sees mud, the other stars."
- The greatest abilities are availability, dependability, and responsibility."
- "There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience."
- "Smooth seas never make skillful sailors."
- When God is silent. "I believe in the sun even when it isn't shining. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when he is silent."
- Cry when needed. "Every unshed tear is a prism through which all of life's hurts are distorted."
- Laugh a lot. It's still the best medicine.
- Remember, "The bumps are what we climb on."
- Fear not. At least 95 percent of the things we fear never happen. Trust God for the other five percent.
- Have faith and put God first with your time, talents, and tithe (money).