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Year after year, we go out with a desire to learn from our mistakes and put things right by setting ourselves a New Year’s Resolution, but how did you score in this year’s resolutions?

Personally, I have learnt many things over the past 12 months, but unfortunately my short-term memory hampers the full collection of my past memories. Perhaps it’s a good thing that I can’t remember everything. One of the significant things that I have come to appreciate over the past year is my health. After undergoing a major surgery from a perforated appendix last year in August 2009, I still carry a scar in the shape of a cross. Certain abdominal movements remind me of this fact, when I feel the odd tingle here and there, and though I carry a deep scar, I’m simply thankful for the good health. Earlier today, I e-mailed my final seminary paper for 2010 – and I’m already geared for 2011 not knowing what will happen tomorrow. Like me, you can plan your future and have all the hopes and dreams of the world, but without good health we wouldn’t be here today. On this note, I want to reflect with a short passage of Scripture.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? -Matthew 6:25-27 (NLT)

Instead of planning what we want to achieve in life, only to feel like a failure in the end – let us count our blessings. You’ll be surprised by what you can think through over a brief time of solitude.

~Richard