On the first day of each New Year, I get up at around 5:00 am to watch the sun rise, and go to a spot I have already picked out, where there is a good view. This year I have chosen the roof.
As I sit down, I think about all of the good things that happened to me in the past year. I thank God for each one and then tuck them away—wonderful memories that I can recall whenever I need a boost.
Of course, there were also other experiences that weren’t so happy. I thank God for these too, because even though not easy or pleasant, He has promised that “all things work together for good to those who love Him.”1 I know these events have already been good for me because I learned from them, and more good may yet come from them.
As the sun begins to break over the horizon, I say my last goodbyes to the old year and welcome the New Year with a short prayer to our heavenly Father. I ask Him for guidance and wisdom in the year ahead. I ask Him for strength and courage to make it through the tough times that are inevitable. I ask Him for more love, as well as the ability to better show love and consideration to my family and friends and new people I will meet. Most importantly, I ask Him to help me think more in terms of what He wants me to do and what will please Him, rather than be led by my own thoughts and desires, because then I know I have nothing to fear and can look forward to a wonderful, fulfilling year. “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”2