Christmas time is indeed a time for celebration. It is true that a lot of people do celebrate this day without really knowing what this day is about. There are so many theories and presumptions about Christmas. These theories matter very little as long as the true spirit of this occasion can be captured.
People celebrate this occasion if different ways. Mostly however it is through the use of large Christmas trees and lights. These do look quite spectacular and are always quite a sight to see. It is not all of us that can afford to have these beautiful decorations and gifts in abundance during this time. If you are one of those people you need not let that dampen your mood. You can still celebrate and have a good time without all these things.
As the year comes to an end you have a lot of things to be thankful for. The fact that you have managed to live to celebrate another festive season is reason enough. Many people will face the Christmas and New Year holidays with sadness. Often times because the focus is not where it should be. I want to challenge you as you celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ, Our Savior and Lord, and as you look toward the New Year, that you do it with great hope and focus on God’s fresh opportunities in our lives.
Have you lost hope and confidence in yourself and feeling tired of planning year after year but never coming nearer to your dream. Here are some words of encouragement. As you go through this Pastor’s Pen, which I hope will be brief and helpful, you will soon be glad you read it.
It’s never too late
You are not the only one who makes plans year after year and at the end of the day you realize you did not come close to your dreams and feel disappointed. The next year the same thing happens on and on. How can we change that? Well, read on…
Set new goals
First be glad that you did see the New Year. With the help of your PC and notepad jot down everything you would need to achieve in life. Don’t make the mistake of planning what you know you will never be able to achieve because you’ll be disappointed if you don’t reach your goal. Even if you have failed before, consider these New Year words of encouragement once more.
Adopt new lifestyles and principles stick to them
It is very important that when you are trying to make new changes in your life. Adopt new lifestyles make and stick to your new principles. This will ensure your success. I wish to assure you that there is nothing impossible. Remember, one of the messages of Christmas, “Nothing is impossible with God.”
Tell yourself it’s either now or never
Avoid postponing if you are to achieve your goals. Just tell yourself that it’s either now or never. After all you are a human like any other person. And there is no spell or a secret formula you can use to make your plans a success except planning your work and working your plan with God’s help.
As we move into 2012, I want to share with you what God has laid on my heart as our guiding theme.
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