Did you close 2009 disappointed with how things worked out? Here are five daily disciplines to enable you to begin again!
1. Rise thankfully - Each morning when we rise we choose to either be grateful or grumpy; pouting over yesterday’s problems or praising God we’re alive and able to live another day.
2. Pray Expectantly - Most people pray; especially when going through tough times. Since many of these praying people don’t really expect answers to their prayers, they keep fretting over their problems long after they’ve asked God to lead them safely through them. According to the Bible, we can pray and believe and receive or pray and doubt and go without.
3. Speak kindly - Cutting words wound hearers and bring regret to those who speak them. Harsh words have divided churches, broken family ties and ended friendships. Many unpleasant memories are rooted in speaking when we should have been silent. Let’s trade all cross words for kind ones this year.
4. Forgive quickly - While the guest speaker at a church, I stressed the importance of forgiveness. Five years later, I was invited to return to that church to be the speaker while the pastor was away. Following the morning service, a woman said, “When you were here five years ago, I knew I needed to forgive someone in the church but didn’t do so. I want you to know that today I have forgiven him.” It was a bittersweet moment. I was pleased to know this woman had now experienced the relief and joy of forgiveness, but sorry she had waited five years to do so.
5. Work worshipfully - Some work to make a living; others live to work. Wise ones make every hour of work an experience in worship. One of the great discoveries of life is learning that our walk with God is not to be limited to one day a week or one place that seems worshipful. Teaching this wonderful truth to his readers, Paul the Apostle wrote: “And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23).