January 2020



The New Year has arrived, and along with it new goals and fresh hopes. Some of our goals will be more ambitious than others but with a little encouragement and positive environment those hopes and goals will be achieved.
In an article a physician named Lissa Rankin M. D. talks about, “the placebo effect”, how the mind can heal the body with positive thinking. She also acknowledges its lesser talked about evil twin, “the nocebo effect.” As you would guess the nocebo effect is the harming of yourself with negative think-ing. This past year has been exciting at times, while at the same time it has been trying and difficult.
While we can’t know what is coming in the New Year, we can find hope in God’s word, and maintain a positive outlook that things will be better than ever in this coming year. In doing so this will help us be-come healthier Christians, a healthier Church, and a healthier Community.
Just like working out at the gym, we will need to be dedicated to this positive workout. We will be pushed to our limits at times and that’s okay. We will be each other’s spotters and help encourage each other by staying positive. To get the year started off right I thought I’d share a few steps and verses from the Bible to help us frame the coming year from a positive, hopeful and God focused per-spective.
Step 1: Look Back On His Blessings
1 Chronicles 16:8 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
God is always faithful, and if we look at the past year, we’ll find that he has been with us, and has been working in our lives – even when we don’t realize it!
Step 2: Focus On The Future, And God’s Plans For You
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God has plans for our lives, and they’re plans to help us prosper!
Step 3: Don’t Worry About What Is To Come
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
God is with us in the New Year, and we don’t need to be holding ourselves back by worrying when we focus on Him. He is our strength, he is with us and we have nothing to fear.
Step 4: Plan Ahead For The Coming Year
Proverbs 13:16 A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t, and even brags about it!
While we’re reflecting on the year that has gone, and the year that is about to come, it’s important to plan ahead.
Step 5: Find Contentment In God This Year, And Give Thanks
Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
As we ring in the New Year it’s important to remember that we can only find contentment in God. We also need to give thanks for all that He has done for us in the past year, and what he will do in the year to come.
Michael Smith

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