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!)

  1. 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."
  2. Don't sweat the small stuff.
  3. 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.
  4. Come apart and rest a while before you come apart — stress is a killer.
  5. Remember, "Nothing changes if nothing changes."
  6. Don't nurse grudges: "Failing to forgive is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."
  7. Carpe diem. Seize the day. "Opportunity comes to pass — not to pause."
  8. Quit the blame-game — "choice, not chance, determines destiny."
  9. Control your thinking or your thinking will control you. "What the mind dwells on the body acts on."
  10. 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.
  11. 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."
  12. The greatest abilities are availability, dependability, and responsibility."
  13. "There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience."
  14. "Smooth seas never make skillful sailors."
  15. 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."
  16. Cry when needed. "Every unshed tear is a prism through which all of life's hurts are distorted."
  17. Laugh a lot. It's still the best medicine.
  18. Remember, "The bumps are what we climb on."
  19. Fear not. At least 95 percent of the things we fear never happen. Trust God for the other five percent.
  20. Have faith and put God first with your time, talents, and tithe (money).