New Year’s Resolutions

1. “Stay in love with God. Do good and do no harm.” Reuben P. Job
2. Concentrate on virtuous things; they build good character, shape and color attitudes, and influence behavior.
3. Look for and graciously acknowledge the good in others.
4. Walk only the fence grounded in cement, and only to avoid the danger lurking on each side.
5. Do not befriend talebearers; they are not concerned with the common good.
6. When possible, be at peace with everyone.
7. Work hard, relish the comforts afforded, and rest often.
8. Forgive freely and always.
9. Accentuate and embrace the positive.
10. Keep faith in God.

Self-aggrandizement – the Antithesis of Godliness…

 

 

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Self-aggrandizement – the Antithesis of Godliness –
• creates discomfort, discord, and distance
• deliberately, but subtly, defames, discredits, and attempts to humiliate
• delights in having its way
• demands acknowledgment
• desires praise
• disrupts peace
• dispenses injustice
• insists on prominence
• plots to gain dominance
• refuses to be dismissed or ignored
• seeks confrontation and the spotlight
• is self-centered, self-promoting, self-serving;
• self-aggrandizement is the opposite of godliness

 

 

7 -Ways to Participate Daily in God’s Life-giving, Redemptive Process

1. Practice the Golden Rule– “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12
2. Do not judge others – “Do not judge, or you will be judged. For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” Matthew 7: 1-2
3. Exercise love rigorously – “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” John 13: 34 – 35
4. Look for and focus on the positive – “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8
5. Shun evil – “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.” 1 Peter 3: 9
6. Be kind – “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
7. Let people know God cares about them – “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3: 15-17

Faces of Beauty

Beauty is
a kind heart and a gentle spirit
asking for forgiveness, forgiving, and forging forward
creating and cultivating calmness
doing the right thing, even when it hurts
encouraging the disenfranchised, disheartened, and the downtrodden
getting comfortable with rising and living above the fray
practicing justice and supporting just causes
recognizing and acknowledging the value in and of others
rejecting that which is demeaning, demanding, and domineering
working for the common good