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Eating leftovers, reclaiming your house. The usual chores that follow the holidays also accompany moments of reflection regarding the past few weeks. A smile surfaces while remembering the jokes shared with that “life of the party” relative. Teary eyes once again remember the loved one who is no longer here for celebration. Kids are bigger. Elders are older. Time comes and goes before we know it, and then we make plans for yet another year that we’ll rush  through—meeting deadlines, working harder, and providing for our families.

In Matthew 22, Jesus summarizes the two greatest commandments. Love the Lord wholly, completely, with everything we have, and love our neighbors.

Let’s fall in love with our Savior again this year. Read the love letter He left us, and share your joys, as well as your pains, with Him. Let’s give our family the time they deserve. Let’s mend and strengthen our friendships. Let’s step out and be a friend to those who don’t share our own beliefs. In my experience I’ve learned that honest concern and caring words truly demonstrate God’s love, not speeches doused in doctrine.

As we make plans for this year, I suggest a few not “to do’s,” but “must do’s.”
  • Turn off the TV
  • Laugh at yourself
  • Leave work at work
  • Make a friend
  • Be a friend
  • Smile at strangers
  • Hug your friends
  • Kiss your family
  • Give family undivided attention
  • Ask God what you can do for Him
Our time is one of the few things we have some control over. Let’s dedicate it to the same thing our Jesus dedicated it to, being a disciple and making disciples. May the new year bring forth blessings, courage, and strength as we embark on this journey.

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By Kristina Pascual. Reprinted with permission from Southwestern Union Record, January 2007.  Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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