Living the Good Life in 2018

I received a letter with a beautiful photo of friends enjoying their new Florida residency with a walk on the beach. The photo included the caption, “Living the Good Life”.   It was such a warm, sunny place and I was truly happy for them but I was in the Midwest experiencing icy snow, single digit temperatures to be followed by an Alberta Clipper and another week of snow!  As I looked out my kitchen window to enjoy the birds at the feeders, I felt so grateful for the simple things in my life. Brewed hot coffee, a day of meaningful work ahead of me, good health, running water, shelter and heat, I stopped to thank our Heavenly Father for His blessings and my contented spirit.

Later in the day a sign in front of a neighborhood church caught my eye, “Take a break from the pursuit of happiness to be happy.”

Those simple messages inspired me to select Thessalonians 5:16-18 as my Scriptural New Year’s Resolution.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” NIV

Some people like to make New Year’s resolutions. Probably more individuals find them to be a waste of time. Scriptural Resolutions are different. You select a passage of Scripture, print it out and keep it somewhere you will see it each day such as a desk or mirror where it can be prayed often.

Have you considered making a Scriptural Resolution? Find a passage that speaks to your heart. May it help you live the good life in 2018!

Beth Fanta
Spiritual Life Director

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