How are you doing with your new-year resolutions? I know I've seen several new faces at the gym. This year I've decided to work on only one thing: my attitude. There is so much that is going to happen to me this year. Most of these things I won't be able to change or escape from. The only thing I really have control over is my attitude. The frame of mind that I choose to meet the challenges in my life will define how sucessful I will be in loving God and my neighbor. The power of a positive attiude is something often talked about. It is hard to go into a place of work and not see a poster encouraging the proper attitude. However, we Chrisitans have someone special. Someone who we can rest upon, and base our attitude on -- Jesus. To remind me to keep a positive attitude this year I'm going to use a physical reminder -- water. When I start to judge myself by worldly standards; I'm going to remember that through the water of baptism I'm a child of God. When I lack courage to do the right thing; I'm going to remember that Jesus walked on water and asks us to do the same. When I am tempted to withhold generosity from those in need; I'm going to remember that Jesus promises a reward to those who offer even a cup of cold water. When my life becomes chaotic; I'm going to remember that Jesus calms the storms on the water. I don't want simply a positive attitude this year; I want the attitude of Jesus in my heart.water
May God bless you this year!