Summary: Perhaps, there have been times in your life when you felt desolate, alone, and that there was no one who cared.

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Perhaps, there have been times in your life when you felt desolate, alone, and that there was no one who cared. Perhaps you have gone through life like a hurricane, hurling insults and criticism, and tearing up everyone and everything within sight. You’ve hurt those who loved you, and walked on others and chewed them up like a garbage disposal. Now, here you are, all alone and in the wilderness of despair.

All has not been lost. As we enter a brand new year, a year filled with hope, promise, and insight, staring fresh is an option. You and I can view this year as a blank canvas. An artist methodically scrutinizes his subject, then dips his brush into paint and begins to fill the canvas with something that is fresh and innovative. Like the artist, you can fill your canvas of life with whatever you want to. In Christ you can be whatever you want to be, and you can pursue whatever course you desire to pursue. Get your notebook and pen out …and make a list. Write your past mistakes, the folks you have hurt, the ones you need to ask forgiveness, and the hurt and pain you have endured. Then list your goals and aspirations. I want you to remember: You have to be brutally honest. Nobody should read this notebook but you. It’s between you and God. As you write, pray, and study God’s Word, you should be able to experience a change of:

Thought, a different way of thinking, a mind change:

A new way of thinking is not an option, but a perquisites. In order to receive forgiveness, you must first have a change of mind. If you want to be forgiven, you must ask those who you have injured. If someone has hurt you; either verbally or physically, you should be willing to forgive them. This is the season, the year for a new and fresh start, a new beginning, if you don’t lose hope. As long as you have breath in your body, it is not too late for a fresh start. It begins with your mind, your heart, and your thoughts. You must WANT to begin anew. You must WANT a new beginning. You must want to change. It is your choice. Nobody can make the decision for you. Nobody can do it for you. You must want the Lord to transform you into a new person by transforming your thought pattern, the way you think.

Don Colbert, M.D. author of Deadly Emotions: Understand the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection That Can Heal or Destroy You, writes "I've worked with countless people who have discovered that once they made a sincere effort to tackle their dysfunctional thought patterns, they had fewer bouts of depression, anxiety, anger, grief, shame, jealousy, and all other toxic emotions.”

Your thoughts can not only hinder your Spiritual growth, and your blessings, but it can also affect your health; both mentally and physically.

The Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Romans and to you and me pens Romans 12:2: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

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