Gratitude is a gift you give yourself first.Gwen Witherspoon
Are you having a hard time figuring out how you’re even still standing after all that has happened this year? As of the date of this post, there are only 39 days left in 2020, and before you know it, this will all be behind you.
The holidays are typically a very hopeful time for me because I can see the finish line. Eternal optimist that I am, I revel in the fact that on January 1, I can press the reset button. No matter how many unfinished projects or disappointments, I am grateful for the opportunity to start over.
It’s amazing how from one day to the other, it’s as if everything really is new. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I just start celebrating more and more as I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Gratitude is a gift that you give to yourself first. Your ability to believe in the positive future that you have imagined, regardless of the circumstances–even the most devastating–will give you the courage and the energy to not just get through all this, but to thrive.
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. – James 1: 2-4 The Message