With 2022 knocking on our doors, there is no better way to remember your special friends and family members than with a thoughtful message or a Happy New Year card. The beginning of a new year is the time to let go of old grudges and old worries and to turn over a new chapter of life.
With 2021 coming to an end, people are eager to celebrate the start of something new. However, celebrations are likely to be muted this year as the pandemic continues to ride the Omicron wave. Across the country, several restrictions have been put in place to slow the spread of the highly-infectious Omicron variant of Covid-19.
In such a scenario, going out and partying may not be advisable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the arrival of 2022.
And yes, let’s face it: one reason we welcome 2022 is that we can bid 20121 adieu. We are ready to leave some of its disappointments and tragedies behind. Some things, like natural disasters, accidents or illness, we have no control over. But there are some common blocks to happiness we can kick out of the roadway.
Remember: fear is caused by anxiety. Coveting is caused by comparing. Busyness is caused by over-commitment. Our schedules can be so full that we have no time for God, for ourselves, or anyone else. Must not be!
The foundation of happiness is joy. The basis of joy for followers of Jesus Christ is our salvation, our fellowship with God, our delight in serving Him, and our relationship with other Christians.
So what changes will you make in 2022? Personally speaking, I am giving myself more time for myself and for others. I don’t know if you made a list of dreams you wish to fulfill this year. Sure, it could be ordinary and small things: losing 10 kilos, quitting smoking… . Maybe you set some even seemingly impossible dreams for yourself.
Again: the foundation of happiness is joy. Joy is a gift from the lord, as Psalm 126:3 says. A gift from the Lord, which we often rob from ourselves. Let’s take it back in 2022. It will help us to have a HAPPY NEW YEAR all year long.