I am so delighted to see your progress. You’ve gotten engaged after patiently cultivating your relationship. Persistently seeing your future in front of you. You didn’t give up on each other and now you can enjoy your engagement and plan your marriage. I love seeing your happiness.
You’ve gotten that promotion that you have worked hard for and thought would never come. You showed up every day. You did your best job each day and now, you are seeing fruit from your labor.
You’ve finished another semester and you persevered through that class that was so hard for you. I’m so proud of your efforts. You are another step closer to your degree.
You had a difficult semester. Now you are picking yourself up and planning your next steps forward. I know this is hard for you and I believe that you can find your way. You’ll need to think through your options and explore your path. You can do this.
Your friends are all starting to buy houses, have kids, adopt pets, getting better jobs… it is easy to compare and wish and feel dissatisfied. Your self talk can become bitter, envious or it can be content and joy-filled as you help your friends celebrate their successes. You will achieve your own dreams in your own time. Be patient.
As the year comes to an end, it is natural for us to look back and assess where we have come. We can easily brush past our joys and focus instead our sorrows or mistakes, on that pound or two that we didn’t take off, on the debt that we didn’t make as much progress on as we hoped.
What I say to you is that December 31 is really just another day. January 1, follows. What really matters is how I live each day. Setting my goals and then living to fulfill those goals one day at a time. Serving God, serving my neighbor, and living in gratitude for all that I have and all that I get to be.
My prayer for you as one year ends and another begins is that you may live in the present moment. Never wishing away a single minute. Do the work you have to do this day. Appreciate the joys and help each other through the sorrows. Your attitude is your choice and your future depends on how you live this present moment.
Each morning, look back at yesterday for what you have to learn and then let it go. Pause a moment and think about tomorrow and the direction you are heading. Then let it be in the future. Look at how you want to live today, plan today and then act. Live each moment: See, feel, hear, smell, taste. Let your moments be alive and live them with intention.
Don’t be afraid to work hard, ask for help and reach for your dreams.
Dear God, help each of us to live in the present. Help us to see you in our lives and walk each day with you. Help us to thank you for all that you do for us. Help us to be patient as your plan for us unfolds. Help us to love others. Help us to be truly ourselves as we trust in you. God bless the coming year one day at a time in Jesus name. Amen.