A New Mantra

Let’s face it. We’re only 10 days into this mysterious new realm known as 2021, and most of us want our money back. We’ve done the free-trial period and thanks but no thanks, we don’t want anymore.

I’m as guilty as anyone of looking at my life as a laundry list of “have-to”s. As in I have to get up in the morning and go to work. As in I have to drive 25 miles each way to my job. As in I have to eat my veggies occasionally, so I don’t end up stuck inside my house because I can’t fit through the door.

But what if I took those “have-to”s and saw them as “get-to”s? I get to go into work tomorrow because I still have a job. I get to drive 25 miles because I have a car that works and is reasonably comfortable if not overly stylish. I get to eat my veggies because I’m blessed that I don’t have to worry about where my next meal is coming from (or if it’s coming at all).

It’s just a little change in terms of words but a big change in terms of perspective. I go from feeling burdened to blessed, from tired to thankful, from grumbling to grateful.

I think that little mindset change can greatly improve the outlook for the rest of 2021. I get to be alive to experience all that God has in store for me in 2021, whether it’s easy and convenient or not. I get to wake up every day, not because I deserve to live but because of God’s grace that keeps me alive.

So with that, happy 2021! It’s not too late to make a new start — even 10 days into the new year.

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