You have a New Year before you. Clean. Fresh. Free from past mistakes; if you want it to be. Keep the lessons learned, then rid yourself of all the excess regret. Are you ready?
On a whim (mostly because we, my family and me, were all suffering head colds), and for Monday Night Family Home Evening, I invited each family member to consider three life-altering questions for the coming year. I invite you to do the same.
- What do you want to SEE happen by way of a miracle?
- What do you want to MAKE happen by way of a goal?
- What do you want to STOP from happening by way of a habit?
What do you want to SEE happen by way of a miracle?
You may not merit a miracle, but that doesn’t matter to a God who loves to dote on his undeserving children. Think BIG! But don’t think amiss. Ask for the right miracle. The one you NEED. Don’t waste it on your wants or lusts. If you could ask for only one miracle for the New Year, what would it be? And why? Think through the consequences of what you would ask for. Ask for that which you cannot do for yourself. Open the scriptures anywhere and read with your hopeful miracle on your mind. Then, if it still feels right, ask for it in faith, not wavering. And the miracle is yours.
What do you want to MAKE happen by way of a goal?
You’ve been granted a brain. And a body. With both, you can conquer the earth. Or bless it with kindness and goodwill. When you look back on this year, where do you want to be? Where do you want your feet to take you? What do you want your hands to be doing? A goal is nothing more than a good idea… until you make happen what you want to make happen. So, make it happen.
What do you want to STOP happening by way of a habit?
There are things you did or said last year that you regret. There are habits, addictions, and actions robbing you of peace of mind and peace of conscience. That was, like, sooooo last year! Let it go. All of it. Confess. Apologize. Make amends. Ask for forgiveness. Recover. Hope. Climb. Then, forgive yourself. Forget the past.
In honor of the late Thomas S. Monson, “go forward with faith.”