Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Well, I made it out of 2011 alive! I pray to the Father that 2012 will be a much healthier, happier year. Having said that I think it would be a good start to think about the things I am grateful for. This will give me a positive thought process and an optimism for the possibilities that God has given me!
A good friend of mine who is in A.A. and has about 13 years sober put gratitude like this.
“You get invited to dinner at a good friends house. Afterwards you thank them for the wonderful meal and go on home. That is being thankful. Now take the same situation, you go to dinner at a good friends house and instead of thanking them for the meal and leaving, you stick around and help with the dishes to. That is being grateful.
It is important to remember to always be grateful for everything in life, good or bad. God uses tough times to teach us. These tests bring us closer to being able to serve his purpose for us, and there is nothing more satisfying than that!
Therefore I’m going to mention a few things I’m grateful for with this new year ahead.
First, my family. After years of putting them through so much, I get up this morning and I have an email from Dad. The message meant so much to me. I have my family back in my life and I realize what unconditional love really is.
I’m grateful to have my health of course. I’m lucky I got out of that hell of addiction with a functioning liver and somehow, no gray hairs!
I’m grateful for all the amazing people that God has put into my life recently, all of them wonderful teachers.
I’m grateful to have a roof over my head and a safe place to call home.
I’m grateful to all the addicts who came before me and paved the way for recovery from this brutal disease.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to go back to school and earn a college degree. Second chances are very rare.
I’m grateful for church as a place to meet and fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
This may confuse some people but I’m grateful for all of the rough times in life because with it came experience and wisdom, and with that the ability to help others. Credentials of a sick life if you will
I can go on and on and on but you get the idea. It’s a very empowering thing to have gratitude and direct it towards the better of humanity. Even if it is only a small scale, impacting just one persons life can change the world for the better.
This new year brings us all an opportunity to do something great. This gratefulness that I have did come with a price. I wouldn’t change a thing! Thank you God for everything you have done for me. The sky is the limit my friends, as it is for all of us. Remain grateful, and the positive in every situation will be revealed and it will propel you into a bigger and better life. God bless you all and Happy 2012!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.