Thoughts to start the new year

Don’t let mistakes of the past blur your vision for the future. Focus on the good to come.

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I am willing to go anywhere, anywhere, anywhere—so long as it’s forward. David Livingstone (1813–1873)

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People are always blaming their circumstances. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them. George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

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Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. William Carey (1761–1834)

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“When you pass through the waters … they shall not overflow you.” (Isaiah 43:2) God doesn’t open paths for us in advance of our coming. He doesn’t promise help before help is needed. He doesn’t remove obstacles out of our way before we reach them. Yet when we are on the edge of our need, God’s hand is stretched out. Many people forget this and are forever worrying about difficulties which they foresee in the future. They expect that God is going to make the way plain and open before them miles and miles ahead, whereas He has promised to do it only step by step as they may need. You must get to the floodwaters before you can claim the promise. I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13) Author Unknown

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Faith gives us courage to face the present with confidence and the future with expectancy. Author unknown

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A teacher took her primary school students to the assembly hall for a lesson with a difference. Standing at the foot of the steps leading up to the stage, she asked, “Is anybody good at jumping?”

Quite a few young hands shot up.

“Well,” she continued, “could any of you jump from the floor here up onto the stage?”

No hands went up this time.

“I can,” said the teacher, “and I’ll show you how.” Beginning at the foot of the steps leading up to the stage, she hopped onto the first step. From there she hopped onto the second, and so on until she reached the top.

Many things can only be accomplished little by little, step by step. When a task looks daunting or the way ahead too steep, just take it one step at a time. Author unknown

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Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:1–2

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Commit your life, your plans, your hopes, your dreams, and your fears to God through prayer every day. In return you will have peace in your life. Mottos for Success

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Never hesitate to trust the unknown future to a known God. Mottos for Success

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A family had a few apple trees at the bottom of their garden. The trees yielded more fruit than could be eaten immediately or given to neighbors, so some needed to be stored for the coming months.

One fall, little Tommy was finally big enough to help his mother store the apples. They had been picked and piled up in a basket with care, as bruised apples will spoil. Now it was time to transfer them to storage racks in the cellar.

Tommy, eager to help, put his arms around a dozen shiny apples and tried to carry them over to the rack. To his dismay, one by one the apples dropped out of his arms until they were all on the floor.

His mother wasn’t too worried. “Here, let me show you,” she said gently as she put his hands around one apple. “Take this one and put it over there, and then come back and get another one.”

Too often we try to put our arms around a year or a month or a week, but God tells us, “Take it a day at a time.” (Matthew 6:34) We aren’t equipped to carry all of our future cares at once, but we can if weface each challenge as it comes. Author Unknown.

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As your days, so shall your strength be. Deuteronomy 33:25

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The New Year is set before us like an unwritten volume, all of its pages blank. Let us write upon each day’s page things that at the end of the year we will look upon with rejoicing rather than regret. Mottos for Success

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The eve of a new year is often a great time to reflect, to rejoice over the progress of the past year while also learning from the setbacks and mistakes. Then it’s time to look forward. What would you like to accomplish? What would you like to change?

One key to succeeding in the new year is to plan ahead but not worry ahead. “Don’t worry” may seem easier said than done, particularly if you are facing an uncertain future with health, financial, or personal problems. This is why planning alone is not enough. Peace of mind comes from putting your future in God’s hands and trusting Him to work things out.

If you not only make plans, but also commit those plans to Him, He promises to help bring your plans to fruition. “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:5 ) Of course, this is provided your plans are within the scope of what He knows is best for you and others involved, so the first step is to check your plans with Him—or better yet, get your plans from Him. Take a few quiet minutes to open your mind to God, and He will put His thoughts there. He loves you and has your best interests at heart, so ask Him to help you set goals and lay plans, and He will. You just might find that His ideas are far better than your own. He says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3) And with Him, all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) Do what you can by asking God for direction as you plan and prepare for the year ahead, and commit your needs to Him in prayer. Then continue to seek His help throughout the year, and watch Him guide, provide, and take care of you! Abi F. May

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The path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18

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One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. Eleanor Roosevelt

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When the impossibilities of life loom large, take God’s hand and take it one step at a time. He makes the impossible possible. Ariana Keating

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