Imagine that at 12:01 AM on New Year’s Eve, God gives each of us a brand new notebook.  This notebook has 364 pages, and all the pages are blank.  On the cover of the book is the title, “Your New Year’s Opportunity.”

What would happen, if every day, we turned to a fresh page and wrote the name of a person who received our love and care that day?  What an opportunity to make a difference!

If you and I brightened at least one life each day of the year, we would make a magnificent difference in our families, neighbors, workplace, community and country.  If you and I would actually strive to do this we would make God’s world a healthier and happier place, and we would know more joy and satisfaction than we can imagine right now. We just might hear God whisper at the end of each day, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

My little notebook of caring deeds is ready. In it, I will strive to write each day a person’s name who received my care.  I hope you will join me in making a difference this year.

This prayer helps strengthen my resolve:

Dear Lord,
Will you teach us/ remind us, to put people first?  Sensitize our spirits to listen to you and make room in our daily schedule for people, especially people who are suffering.  Help us to choose to make a difference in your world.

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