Last week, I talked about why I no longer make New Year’s Resolutions. Below is the poem written by inspirational writer Max Lucado that I have been putting on my blog for the past several years on New Year’s Day. This is a perfect thought to post on your bathroom mirror and be reminded of every day. Every day we can choose to be just a little better… more loving, more forgiving, more kind, more patient….
I have created a downloadable PDF which you can print out for hanging. Click here.
No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance.I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.
I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone.I will be kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.
I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.
Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife (husband) will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father (mother) will not come home.
Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. If I make a demand, may it only be of myself.