I have the darndest things happen to me. I'll give you another example. I was thinking about what I wanted to write in my New Year's column. I had a September issue of a magazine on my coffee table. Yesterday I decided to open it and there on the top of the page in huge letters read "Major in Making a Difference!" Great! What a message to give to our readers! Just perfect for the New Year. This is another way of making new resolutions.
From time to time we talk about one person changing our lives. Sometimes it just changed a bad mood into a chuckle. We have to learn to laugh at ourselves. A friend asked me if I was going to trip the light fantastic for New Year's Eve. I said, "No, I can still trip, but not lightly or fantastically!"
Let's take another look at the words at the top of the page. The first word is "major." When we pick out a major in high school it's a topic we want to spend time on. It's a big topic; it gives our lives direction. It's going to have a big impact on my life; it's going to enrich my life.
Now let's take a look at how this new pattern is going to change my life. Let's say my major change is going to be doing as many good deeds daily as I can. How am I going to make these good deeds happen? I would start with prayer morning and night. I'd pray for opportunities to serve, the wisdom to see these opportunities and the courage to act on them. In other words - follow through. How many times do we start something and don't follow through to finish it? We can do better if we have a better mindset.
Do you remember I said to you that when I saw something positive (a compliment) I was going to tell that person what I saw when I looked at her. I said "her" because I hesitate to compliment men although at my age I should be safe. Recently, I said to two men that I love to see them with their wives. They are so attentive and caring. I notice that in church during the message each has his arm across his wife's shoulders. Men - just remember that tenderness is manly! Don't hide it.
Sunday in church there was a new couple signing the guest book. He was so tall and she had beautiful long, curly eyelashes. I couldn't pass that up! Those compliments opened up a conversation. There's something special about every person, even if it's just a smile or a laugh or a wink. Let's try new things. Let's get involved more. Just remember if you do things for the right reasons, like yourself even if the outcome isn't what you expected.
I notice in our local paper there are so many nice things being done for people who have needs. The good deeds are being done by children of all ages to adults who are senior citizens. It's beautiful! Organizations get involved; churches help out. We live in a good area and we can always do more especially when I think of all the people who won't be getting unemployment checks now.
I think I'll have to open up my dinners again but I'm warning you now - I'll put you to work! I can't do all the things I used to do. Let's remember people have to eat every day. You don't have to provide a gourmet dinner. I remember on Fridays we used to have lentils with macaroni and chocolate cake for dessert. It still sounds good to me.
Or maybe we can find groceries for them. We used to say if you have bread, potatoes, milk and macaroni, you won't starve. Did you notice I said, "Lentils with macaroni?" We also had soup and spaghetti sauce with macaroni. Maybe some of you will share some inexpensive recipes with us. We can make this fun! Each of us can be a cheerleader, but don't expect me to jump! Happy New Year!
P.S. - I just have to add this additional information because it's too good not to share. I love to give to this organization because they are so good! I'm talking about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Do you know it takes $1.8 million a day to operate this hospital and they do it all on donations? No patient ever gets a bill from the hospital! This information does my heart good! Now I'm not a Catholic, but I gladly give to this organization because I believe in what they are doing.
I don't believe in labels. I believe in doing. Jesus didn't die just for the Jews. He died for all believers who would accept his sacrifice. I believe in the sacrifices St. Jude's Hospital is making to cure the cancer patients. Their record of successful treatments is getting better and better. St. Jude's is like Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch. That one is independent too - one deals with life and the other deals with living. I admire both so much!
One of my New Year's resolutions is - if it's good, I want to be a part of it. How does that sound to you? There's so much good around us!