A Sweet New You!

Happy New Year! I know it has been one busy holiday season but my prayer is that each of you got some joy, some peace, some tranquility and a whole lot of love during the holidays.  We are at the beginning of a new year, it's 2016 and as you all know, the number 16 is usually associated with sweet. She's the sweet 16, or when it comes to basketball, it's the "sweet" 16 teams. We hear this word often. But as we begin this new year, let's focus on the word "sweet."

Usually when the word "sweet" is used, it means something positive, good, a new level, heart warming, and it brings along with it positive thoughts.  There's nothing wrong with that, but as we move forward, it's day 2 of the new year of a new month...let's think of the word "sweet" and apply it to ourselves.

This year, when you are working on your job, instead of your co-workers referring to you as a tirant, maybe they can say, "he was sweet for doing that," or "did you see that sweet presentation," or even "she has such a sweet disposition," and even "that was a sweet deal." In your homes, let's hear more of "that kiss was sweet," or "you made your bed, sweet," or "you cooked tonight, sweet," and maybe "you took out the trash without me telling you, sweet."  At church, many of you know there are those we view as harsh, mean and nosey, but this year, let's hear more of "moving over to let us sit down was sweet," or "how sweet that usher smiled at you," and "giving more money to the church this year, sweet," and "he prayed with you and didn't ask you why you needed prayer, sweet."

I know, you're saying to yourselves, "really Rhabi, do you really think this will be the case this year?" As a matter of fact I do. You see, if we, one person, take on everything we go through and see the good in it, or make changes for the better, or up our giving or our take on people, if we become sweeter, those around us may seem sweeter.  In other words, if we change how we react; respond to others, associate and work with others; play with others; greet and help others, then we WILL be sweeter.

Change as you know happens inside of you. If more people would see YOU as sweet, there would be more sweet responses, work habits, attitudes, outlooks.  Be sweet in your actions, be sweet in your words, your deeds, your expectations.  Going to visit the sick or shut in or even those incarcerated without having a family member there...is sweet.  It must start somewhere and instead of us always looking at others to change, to become sweeter, why don't we.

There is a song I used to sing and it goes like this: Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me; let there be peace on earth, the peace that was MEANT, to be, with God as our Father, brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother, inperfect harmony. Let there be peace on earth, let this be the moment now.  With every step I take, let this my solumn vow.  To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth and LET IT BEGIN...WITH ME. To my sweet readers, be sweet!

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