New Beginnings

by | Jan 7, 2024 | 0 comments

          There are many times in life when we start something for the first time. It is the beginning of something new. It may be a career, the birth of a child, living on one’s own, retirement, moving to a different city or town, going to college, or becoming a new member of a church. Today is something new. It is the first Sunday of 2024. January 1 of this year was a new beginning for many people. It is the day when many of us took the time to contemplate how we can live our lives differently each and every day in order to benefit ourselves and others. The list below is what I focused on in 2023. I am going to use this same list in 2024. In order for these to work for my benefit and others, I have to make a conscious effort to read each one and focus on them every day of the year. You can use any of the items from my list to include in a list that you create for yourself. It does help me when I revisit this list every so often to remember to focus on each of these goals as often as I can. It is my hope and prayer that you can use my ideas to help you, your family, and your friends with learning more about your faith, developing a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and reaching out to help others to make a positive difference in their lives.

  • Show love, patience, forgiveness, compassion, and kindness to others.
  • Give a family member or friend the “gift of your time.” Examples: go out for a coffee, talk on the phone, go see a movie, sit and talk, sit and just listen, make dinner, go out to get an ice cream for dessert, run errands.
  • Pray early and often each day.
  • Read Scripture.
  • Keep a daily list of how to reach out and help others. Go help others.
  • Each one of us is a gift from God. Give God the gift of taking care of yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Attend a Catholic Mass or church service every weekend.
  • Go through an “examination of conscience” at the end of each day.
  • Participate in a Bible study.

When focusing on each of the above, I find myself growing closer to Jesus Christ. These may also help you with developing a more personal relationship with Him!