Friday, January 6, 2012

20 Tips for Better Living in 2012


2012. Another year has passed. Many said that 2011 went by so fast. I felt that too! But here's the thing. For those who were focused in accomplishing their goals, 2011 was fast. The reverse is true for those who were busy doing nothing.
This year, my goal is to simplify my life and accomplish something. My focus will be on the things: 1. Grow in my relationship with God, 2. Family, 3. Ministry and this includes winning souls and making disciples, expanding our business reach and working with the interns at Uno Overseas.

This morning I received an interesting email from a co-worker at NCR Phils., Tina Castaneda. I am posting this because am sure it will be handy if you're setting goals for 2012. It was a blessing to me and I am sure it will be to you too. You don't have to do all 20 but if you can do some which are meaningful to you, then you have made a step forward.

Twenty tips for better living in the New Year:
 
 1. Rise and pray every day: "Again today, dear God, I
     commit and trust my life and way to you. I'm available.
     Please use me to be 'as Jesus' to every life I touch."
 
 2. Don't sweat the small stuff.

 3. Remember these simple sentences: "I was wrong."
     "I am sorry." "Please forgive me." "Thank you." Say
     them whenever needed and say "I love you" often—
     whether needed or not.
 
 4. Come apart and rest a while before you come apart—
     stress is a killer.
 
 5. Remember, "Nothing changes if nothing changes."
 
 6. Don't nurse grudges: "Failing to forgive is like drinking
     poison and waiting for the other person to die."
 
 7. Seize the day. "Opportunity comes to
     pass—not to pause."
 
 8. Quit the blame-game—"choice, not chance, determines
     destiny."
 
 9. Control your thinking or your thinking will control you.
     "What the mind dwells on the body acts on."

10. Invest your life in a worthwhile cause by having a
     noble purpose for which to live—one that is bigger than
     yourself—one that will help make your world a better
     place in which to live.

11. Be a positive realist. You will always see what you are 
      looking for: "Two men look out the same prison bars.
      One sees mud, the other stars."

12. The greatest abilities are availability, dependability,
      and responsibility."

13. "There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience."

14. "Smooth seas never make skillful sailors."

15. When God is silent. "I believe in the sun even when it
      isn't shining. I believe in love even when I am alone.
      I believe in God even when he is silent."

16. Cry when needed. "Every unshed tear is a prism
     through which all of life's hurts are distorted."

17. Laugh a lot. It's still the best medicine.

18. Remember, "The bumps are what we climb on."

19. Fear not. At least 95 percent of the things we fear
     never happen. Trust God for the other five percent.

20. Have faith and put God first with your time, talents,
     and tithe (money).

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to so live. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

Unstoppable me,
Jimmy

P.S. One of my goals this 2012: I am going to celebrate my birthday on May 18. This will be the first birthday party of my life! I want to honor God for His faithfulness and love towards me.




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