Saturday, December 31, 2022

Daily Devotion: Recipe For A Happy New Year

Bible Reading: Ephesians 5:1-16 

Key Verse: Verse 16 - Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Key Words: Redeeming the time

Happy New Year! If you really want a happy new year, then I heartily recommend the following recipe.

Take twelve fine, full-grown months and see that they are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor, hate and jealousy. Cleanse them completely from every clinging spite. Pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness. In short, see that these months are freed from all the past – have them as fresh and clean as when they came from the storehouse of TIME.

Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. This batch will keep for just one year. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many people spoil the entire lot in this way); but prepare one day at a time as follows.

Into each day put twelve parts of faith, eleven of patience, ten of courage, nine of work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), eight of hope, seven of fidelity, six of liberality, five of kindness, four of rest (leaving out this is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing – don’t do it), three of prayer, two of good will and one well-selected resolution. Put in a dash of fun, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

Pour into the whole love and grace, and mix with vim. Cook thoroughly in a fervent heat; garnish with sweet smiles and a few sprigs of joy; then serve with quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness – and a happy new year is a certainty.

What to do:
✞ Apply the above principles, and I do hope you will have a Happy New Year.

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