It’s hard to believe that Christmas day is almost here! If you’re at all like me, it’s easy to find yourself speeding through December with a certain degree of panic as you get caught up in all the “busy-ness” of the holiday season. Luckily, there are always thoughtful reminders around that help me turn my heart towards Christ and refocus more on what really matters most, as well as the basic fundamentals of what I believe that make life more meaningful…not just this time of year, but all year long.
“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” The Polar Express
What I Believe…
I believe… in God and His son Jesus Christ! I believe in God because I have experienced His goodness and mercy; I know He believes in me too!
“For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
I believe… in the power of prayer. I believe that prayer is the most powerful weapon against trials, the most effective medicine against sickness, and the most valuable gift to offer for someone you love!
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in sincere prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
I believe… in working hard. My parents taught me early in life that if you work hard and are kind, amazing things happen!
“Some people dream of success…while others wake up and work hard at it!” Winston Churchill
I believe… that forgiveness is the ultimate act of love. It takes a strong person to say sorry, but an even stronger person to forgive; and perhaps the person we need to forgive the most–is ourselves!
“Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37
I believe… that with hope all things are possible. One of the first things I learned in nursing school was to never give my patients a reason to lose hope; with hope your spirit soars and miracles happen!
“Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.” Romans 12:12
I believe… that most people are good! If you listen to the nightly news, you might lose faith in mankind–but I choose to see the goodness in others…until they show me otherwise!
“Do to others whatsoever you would like them to do to you.” Matthew 7:12
Mostly, I believe… in love! As I’ve gotten older, I have come to realize, more than ever before, that time has a way of showing us that what really matters most is opening our hearts and loving genuinely–everything else is just extra sprinkles on our ice cream sundae of life!
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:9-10
Merry Christmas everyone, and best wishes for the happiest New Year!
What are some of the beliefs you hold dear in your life?