Living, Listening, Loving and Laughing

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.” Psalm 17:7

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Resolutions. And yes I asked the same question. “Who keeps new year’s resolutions?”

My resolutions for this year are quite simple: Live, Listen, Love, Laugh. I want to ‘live’ more for the Lord, I want to ‘listen’ more to the Lord, I want to ‘love’ more in the Lord and to ‘laugh’ in the freedom of the Lord.

If each day is a new day and each year is a new year, then why not set some attainable, sustainable, measurable resolves? The first three are quite obvious and I should be trying, on a daily basis, to pursue them. The fourth one, to ‘laugh,’ is one that struck me as the one needing the most work.  I have become too serious; I take things too serious; I make things become too serious. It is time to relax a bit, find the humor in things and then find time to share the lighter side of things with others.

Researchers are now suggesting one of the best stress relievers is to smile. Feeling stressed? Smile! Feeling depressed? Smile! Feeling down? Smile!

Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

This is what I call, ‘laugh in the freedom of the Lord.”  Instead of waiting until I’m all out of, ‘doing it myself,’ energy, I stop and laugh and say to myself, “How silly,” and acknowledge that He is with me all the time and always ready to strengthen me. I chuckle and ask, “Will you help me?”  You already know the answer! And it made you smile didn’t it!

So this year join me in Living, Listening, Loving and Laughing It’s worth it!

My prayer for us this week:

Lord help us draw even closer to you this next year. We thank you for your righteousness for it gives us our freedom in Christ, We thank you and sing our praises to You. In Jesus name amen.

Have a great Living, Listening, Loving and Laughing New Year!

By Alec Niemi
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