As new fallen snow makes all look clean and better, we approach New Year with the same uplifting attitude. We pledge to make better decisions, while we remove and change what's ugly and unpleasant... but do we?
As we claim and aspire to make changes for a better new year, we sometimes remain stuck in some of our same old ruts...
same old habits
same old thinking
same old judging
same old mistakes
Not only do our ruts affect us, but our behavior toward others. It is easy to allow the repeatable smudges, irritations and wrongs of one to establish our actions and conclusions. But if we respond in the same old rutty way, what encouragement is there for someone we label as "an issue" to change? Suppose God dealt with us in our faults/weaknesses in such a predetermined manner?
Who needs to make the first change?
Could it be, a desired change needs to come from me first? If i treat someone with the attitude of believing the best from them... could it possibly produce a change for the better? Surely the opportunity for them to succeed is more likely to occur if my attitude is one of support and encouragement instead of dismay and discouragement.
Father, help me. I don't want to tarnish a clean new year by holding onto old ruts. Clean out my heart and head to believe and support the best in others. After all, aren't they suppose to see You in me?
friend, we are loved and chosen by God,