Auld Lang Syne Grace Thoughts

At this time of year, most are familiar with the term Auld Lang Syne but many don’t know what the words mean.  It’s originally from a Scottish song and means, “good old times.”

As you remember the year that was, you probably can think of some good old times.  Even if you think they are few, they are likely there.  There are also things that bring regret or disappointment.  I’d like to make a couple of suggestions on both levels.

At this time next year you may not have to think so hard about the good stuff…the blessed events.  The solution is to begin this year by keeping a “good on you” jar…or whatever else you may want to call it.  Maybe a “blessings jar.”

Every time something good happens (big or small), write it on a slip of paper and put it in the jar.  Then next year at this time empty the jar and read what you’ve written throughout the year.  I kinda think this is a good new years tradition to begin.

Self examination can be a painful thing if you are prone to feelings of guilt and remorse.  However, I’d like to make a self examination suggestion that could well help you advance in good places in 2013.  Here’s what you do. 

Take a sheet of paper.  Instead of listing your failures, write down those things that you’d like to do better this next year.  Commit it to the Lord.  Then keep the list in a visible place to remind yourself of your journey toward improvement.  The late T.L. Osborne used to say, “I don’t fail.  I just find ways that don’t work.”  I think that’s a better way to look at “failures.”

Someone said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”  It’s one thing to think suggestions are a good idea.  It’s another to plan specifics on how and when you’re going to put them into practice.  If you find these two ideas worth merit, try them out and see how they work for you.

May blessing experiences increase for you in 2013!