Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome to 2010!

It’s hard to believe that the year 2010 is here. Another decade is behind us, one that was highly unusual, to say the least.

Whenever we enter a new year, and especially a new decade, we anticipate things will be better. We’ll have a better economy, world peace, a better stock market, better technology, and basically better everything. Obama was elected because he promised “change”, meaning in most people’s minds a better government, a better life, and maybe even a better world situation.

Given history, I don’t think the 2010s will be any better than any other decade. But we can make our own lives better rather and we don’t have to rely on politicians, government, and others to do it. How do we do that?

There are lots of ways we can have a better life, one with reduced stress, more peace, and more fulfillment. Let me give a few suggestions:

(1) Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. When you have a close relationship with God (the purpose for which we were created y God), we are much more fulfilled. I can’t begin to tell you what a difference it has made in my life.

(2) Love your neighbor as yourself. When you are more compassionate, more caring towards others, and actually help others, you are a much better person, you feel good about yourself, and God blesses you in various ways.

(3) Be in community. We are tending to become a nation of loners, with few community ties. Become part of a church, and participate in community activities. At church you’ll learn more about God, have social interaction, you’ll find emotional and spiritual support, and you’ll end up being a more fulfilled and happy person as you worship and serve God.

(4) Change your priorities. Most of us are out of balance in some way. We might be workaholics, or we might be slackers. We must find the right balance for the sake of our sanity and our families. For many, God is either a low priority or isn’t a priority at all. That must change so that God is the top priority. When that happens, everything else falls into place.

(5) Change your attitudes. Many of us need attitude changes. We might be people pleasers, or we might be completely self-centered. Change your attitude to something more realistic and balanced. You’ll be much happier.

(6) Break bad habits and start good ones. Stop smoking, drinking, misusing drugs (both prescription and illegal), and staying out too late. All these are poor substitutes for the love and attention you are craving. Don’t engage in these self-destructive behaviors, but turn to God for your peace, love, comfort, and support.

If you follow these suggestions, not only will 2010 be a much better year, but you’ll be happier for the rest of your life. What have you got to lose? May God bless you as you turn your life around in 2010.

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