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Facing the New Year With Two Faces

New Year's Reflection Future

Source: COMPLETE SPEAKER'S ALMANAC, by Leonard & Thelma Spinrad, p. 22

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-27

Author: Leonard & Thelma Spinrad
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ILLUSTRATION

"Here we are in a month named after the Roman god Janus, an appropriate personification of the start of the new year. This particular Roman god had two faces so that he could look ahead toward the future and back at the past at the same time. ..."

APPLICATION

"As we get rid of an old year and look forward to a new one, we all try to be a little like Janus. We know through experience what we did wrong and what we did right, and hope to do better this year."

Leonard Spinrad is an author and public speaker best known for his works THE SPEAKER'S ALMANAC and THIS DAY IN HISTORY.

The 3 for 1 Gratitude Stop

Thankfulness Satisfaction Reflection

Source: “Create Your Own “Happy Hour” – Serve 3 for 1 Gratitude” By David J. Pollay, on February 2, 2007

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-27

Scripture: Psalms 107:9

Author: David J. Pollay, MAPP / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

“It was a little over a year ago and I had just returned from a family vacation,” recalls positivity blogger David Pollay:

I sat down at the computer to read my email. I had “unplugged” for a few days. I was hoping that no big issues were waiting for me. I started flipping through each one quickly. I was on the hunt for anything bad.

You know that feeling. It’s great to take a vacation, but you’re afraid to return to a welcome party of problems.

After reading through about eighty emails, I had not found any bad news. It was interesting to me that I did not feel good about it. I did not even feel relieved. I felt mostly empty – the kind of feeling that leads you to grab a quart of ice cream and sit in front of the TV.

It was then that I woke up. I said, “What am I thinking?! I just missed an opportunity!” I was so focused on searching for the bad, I was blind to the good. Much of the email that I had received was actually full of positive news!

So that night I started doing something differently. And I have been recommending it to others ever since. I call it the “3 for1 Gratitude Stop.” Here’s how it works.

When you receive good news – via email, voicemail, or in-person – stop and quickly think of three things that you are grateful for as a result of this news. The 3 for 1 Gratitude Stop makes you pause to take in the good news and recognize the positive impact it has on you. It also makes you more aware of all the people in your life who help make these good things happen.

Why is this important? Consider the research of Psychologist Roy Baumeister. He found that people remember bad things more often than they do good things. If we do nothing to counter this, we are more likely to recall the bad in our life.

David J. Pollay, MAPP, is the creator and author of the international phenomenon, The Law of the Garbage Truck (Sterling Publishing). David is a keynote speaker, syndicated columnist, and popular blogger.

APPLICATION

Pollay’s 3 for 1 Gratitude Stop affords a positivity ponderer to savor the good in their lives. As one researcher wrote, “…those who habitually savor good are indeed happier and more satisfied in general with life, more optimistic, and less depressed than those who do not savor.”

Perhaps we should learn to “savor” the positive much the same way we “savor” a fine wine or a delicious meal. We mull it over, we take our time to enjoy it, we consume it right down to the last morsel. When we are done, we lean back, loosen our belt buckles, and let out a deep, slow sigh of satisfaction. Mmmmmmmm, that’s good!

“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things” (Psalm 107:9).

Practicing Statio

Reflection Devotion Significance

Source: REACHING FOR THE INVISIBLE GOD by Philip Yancey, p. 168

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-27

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:31

Author: Philip Yancey
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ILLUSTRATION

"Monastics," says author Philip Yancey, "have a practice they call statio that means, simply stopping one thing before beginning another:

Rather than rushing from one task to the next, use for a moment and recognize the time between times. Before dialing the phone, pause and think about the conversation and the person on the other end. After reading from a book, pause and think back through what you learned and how you were moved. After watching a television show, pause and ask what it contributed to your life. Before reading the Bible, pause and ask for a spirit of attention. Do this often enough and even mechanical acts become conscious, mindful."

Philip Yancey worked for 10 years as an Editor and then Publisher for Campus Life magazine before beginning a career as a freelance writer in the 1980s. He has written over 20 books and is among this generation’s most respected Christian authors.

APPLICATION

Yancey concludes, "I find that if I take time to pray for the recipient before beginning to compose a letter or before making a phone call, it makes the task less of a chore and more of an opportunity in which to receive or express God's grace."

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Fix Your Eyes On Jesus

Perspective Trials Jesus, Good Shepherd

Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2018-01-08

Scripture: Hebrews 12:2

Author: Rob Tucker
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Be Still To Hear

Meditation Hearing God's Voice Distractions

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-05

Scripture: Psalms 46:10

Author: James Hamilton
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Feeding on the Word of God

Bible Devotion Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Jane Drew | Date Posted: 2017-10-28

Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:3 ; Ezekiel 3:3

Author: Jane Drew
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Always A Reason To Be Thankful

Thankfulness Hearing God's Voice Humor

Contributed By: Kory Ferree | Date Posted: 2017-07-31

Scripture: Romans 8:28 ; Matthew 13:22

Author: Kory Ferree
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The Silent Conversation

Prayer Listening Meditation

Contributed By: Glenn Newton | Date Posted: 2017-06-15

Scripture: Psalms 85:8 ; Proverbs 18:13

Author: Glenn Newton
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Eating Daily

Devotion Word of God Spiritual Health

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2017-04-12

Scripture: John 6:58 ; Acts 2:46

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Walk A Mile In My Hospital Shoes

Compassion Perspective Leadership

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-12-13

Scripture: Matthew 7:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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