As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t supposed to ever let you down probably will.
You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it’s harder every time.
You’ll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken.
You’ll fight with your best friend. You’ll blame a new love for things an old one did.
You’ll cry because time is passing too fast, and you’ll eventually lose someone you love.
So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you’ve never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back.
Don’t be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.
God sees all things. There is nothing we can hide from God. Many times we may hear that still small voice tell us something is wrong or we may feel quilt about something to warn us not to do something or let us know that we have done something wrong.
If we continue to do something that is wrong, our hearts may grow cold to where we don’t hear that voice or feel that guilt anymore. If you find yourself hiding something or sneaking around to do something, you will know that it is wrong.
Addictions have this attribute. Even the addictions that we don’t often think of when we hear that word. Examine yourself to see if you are hiding anything.
If you have to hide something, you probably should not have it.
If you have to sneak to do something, you probably should not be doing it.
No one said it was easy to follow Christ. He tells us in this world we will have troubles. We have troubles whether we walk with Him or not. The difference is the amount of troubles and whether we go through them alone or with Him.
We will be persecuted. We will think differently than the world thinks. We may be called names or laughed at. Consider it joy because we are living for the Lord and we will receive our reward. Look at what Christ went through. We should be just like Him and forgive them for they know not what they do. They are not yet understanding God’s perspective. Until they do, they will not see things the same and therefore may do things and say things that may be inappropriate. We should forgive and pray for them.
They are not perfect and we are not perfect. They may still need to accept Jesus as their Savior but they are loved just the same. Allow God to deal with others and let’s do our best when God deals with us.
We often think our children are a reflection of us, but that is not always the case. Sometimes they choose to go against everything they have been taught, everything we stand for and even everything they know. Why? We don’t always know why, but don’t let their behavior destroy you. When we stand before God, it will be us not them that God sees.
We often worry about what others are thinking or saying. That does not matter either. They are not the ones we have to stand before. God knows our intention and He knows the part we played in the choices our children make. God knows our heart and we are to please Him not people. They do not always know our heart. We just need to continue to walk in all the light we have and let God do a work in our children. God can work in the areas where we have failed. We must trust God to also work in the areas where our children have failed.
If you have had a great 2012, may your 2013 be even greater. If 2012 has not been that great, may 2013 be a year of renewing. God is bigger than any of your problems. Your attitude, outlook and perspective can make all the difference. Don’t allow Satan to defeat you. God can make the difference in how well your year unfolds. May it be joyful, peaceful, hopeful and full of the things that truly satisfy.
If you want this year to be different, you may need to make changes in how you are doing life. You may need to do things differently if you aren’t getting the results you want. If you don’t change how you live, you will keep getting the same results.