This may be late coming, but I had to address this: not everyone may feel that the new year has any more hope or opportunity for good than the last.
For those who feel like this my heart goes out to you. I’ve been there. I know that it may feel like “just another year.”
For me, courage (like knowledge) is power. And I’m not talking about personal power, or self-will. Courage, when based on something bigger than ourselves, gives us the strength to move forward, grow, and find that life does move on—that there are new opportunities out there, new ideas to behold, and that getting out of the rut, whatever it may be, is possible.
Whenever I’ve faced a challenge — whether it felt like just a mental block, or was scarier like illness or financial distress, I realized I needed a new perspective.
To get this new perspective I didn’t have to drive some where, or go on vacation. I simply got quiet and started with prayer. I’ve found that the tranquility and calm of prayer always turns my thought from fear and moves it to calm, and from calm to hope, and then from hope to understanding.
Understanding? Yes! :-) Understanding includes this definition: “an individual’s perception or judgment of a situation.”
I’ve always found that as my thought moves forward, away from dread toward a comprehension of safety, my thought naturally aligns with divine Love or divine Mind, God, who understands my well-being to be forever safe, entirely protected. From there God gives us the courage and the ability to comprehend and trust that my life, my health, even my finances were (and are) entirely under God’s care.
By turning to the Mind of God, rather than my own opinions, I’ve seen things turn around. In tough situations I found solutions to answers I couldn’t see because I felt buried by fear, or overwhelmed with worry.
So I invite you, throughout the year 2012, to find more of the good around you by turning your thought into a new, or renewed, direction toward divine Mind, the source of infinite goodness. This goodness is not withheld from some and given to others. This infinite goodness, “heaven,” is with you right now. Christ Jesus declared this in the Gospel of Luke, when he said, “The Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21)”
Be unafraid to turn away from the limited circumstances that seem to paralyze your thought, and find the infinite power of God that is with you this very moment and will never leave you. By turning to God, you will see how divine Mind uplifts your thought to see and understand the divine view of permanent safety and complete protection from all danger, worry, and distress.
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.