From Carol Kent’s book A New Kind of Normal (Thomas Nelson, 2007) here are eight choices you can think about as you celebrate Christmas and ponder the new year:
When Despair tries to take me under … I choose life
When I wonder what God could possibly be thinking … I choose trust
When I desperately want relief from unrelenting reality … I choose perseverance
When I feel oppressed by my disappointment and sorrow … I choose gratitude
When I want to keep my feelings to myself … I choose vulnerability
When nothing goes according to my plan … I choose relinquishment
When I want to point the finger … I choose forgiveness
When I want to give up … I choose purposeful action.
Life is a long haul. Take courage, my friends. Choose well.