The height of a building is determined by its foundation. Also, how prosperous a year turns out is largely determined by its starting point. When you start well and continue in the same, your end shall surely be successful. And one way to start well is by imbibing the attitude of praise and thanksgiving.
Rejoice evermore. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you – 1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18 (KJV). Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God Philippians 4:6 (KJV, emphasis mine). But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel Psalm 22:3
An attitude of praise and thanksgiving makes a merry heart. And a merry heart does good like medicine. It takes a joyful heart to go through a day, week, month and year, challenges notwithstanding. A praise-full and thankful heart always sees a reason to praise God and be happy.
If you desire a prosperous New Year, then check your success foundation. How much of gratitude unto God do you have? Can it carry you through the year or do you need a refill? A praise-full heart commands wonders because the God of wonders only dwells in such environments.
Make it a habit to praise or thank God in everything, no matter the situation. It could have been worse you know. Every morning thank God for the day before and praise Him for the day and what He is going to do. This speaks so much of your expectation, and certainly your expectation shall not be cut off.
An attitude of praise and thanksgiving will affect your thoughts, words and actions. It will affect your relationships, responses to issues including offences (which will surely come). Furthermore, it will affect your choices and your daily choices affect your tomorrow.
As simple as it may sound and seem, to cultivate this attitude is not easy for many people. This is because some persons see it as foolishness though it is the wisest thing to do to enjoy a prosperous New Year. Others find it justifiable to murmur and complain. Amazingly, many people think it is their duty to worry over issues.
I have realised, from experience that murmuring, complaining and worrying do not solve any problem, rather they compound issues. They cloud your mind and prevent you from thinking constructively. But praise and thanksgiving ventilate your mind and allows you to think straight.
Many people are quick to pray, which is good but adding praise gives quicker results. Praise invites God of success and wonders into your situation immediately. And where God is, there is liberty and fullness of joy.
In conclusion, God has ordained a glorious and prosperous New Year for you. How strong is your success foundation? What is your starting point? Your attitude determines your altitude.
Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher, speaker, counselor and author of “Peace Money Can’t Buy” and “The Man Jesus: What You Need to Know About Christ”. She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God’s love, and Christian living for a more fulfilling life. Want a more fulfilling life?