It’s the last Friday of 2017! I hope that your Christmas was fantastic. We’re walking out of the old and into the new! As we are making steps towards the new year, let’s think about some old habits that block our progress and hinder our spirits. These are bad habits that we would rather leave behind in 2017. What’s your game plan? How will you combat them?
Worry is one old habit that I am walking out on in 2018. Worry doesn’t change anything about your problem: it only makes you feel bad, and sometimes physically sick. Worry is going to come, but how will we combat it? The Good Book says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7). So in other words, pray about it, but if you pray, you don’t worry. One cancels out the other. Here a few things that I plan to do to leave worry behind:
*Pray, but in the words of Frozen, “Let it Go!”
*Don’t rehearse the situation, talking about it over and over again.
*Look for a positive solution, and if you don’t know the solution, look for the good: things could be worse.
*Speak positive, regardless of what it looks like.
*Always speak to positive people, negativity can tear you further down.
*Keep scriptures nearby that help with worry: Luke 12:25-28, is a good one.
Of course, all old habits, die hard. Developing new habits can be refreshing. Come up with a game plan. New habits take time: nurture them. And don’t throw away the time you spend cultivating a new habit after the first sixty days, or the first thirty days of the new year. Stick in there; it will pay off, soon. Walk in 2018 confident that you will win over old habits, and know that the new habits you develop will give you the most prosperous year ever.
Happy New Year!