Make the Effort
It is officially the last month of the year December and you’re probably thinking where did this year go by.
For some of us the year has been long and challenging. The pandemic has worn down your spirit, body, and mind. For others, it’s one of your better years being in the right place at the right time. The year is not over so you can make this a “December to Remember”!
The last lap of any race usually the runner stands out. Some are winded losing gas, while others shift their speed into another gear leaving the others in the dust. Perseverance and self discipline are finally paying off. All that hard work has given you a reward.
I never liked final exams or papers due around the holidays because of the busyness and fun distractions. Even worse was during wrestling season in high school. I was working out exercising at least twice a day over the holidays because of all the great food and goodies I ate. I had to keep my weight down to wrestle in my weight class.
As you face this last month of December try to lighten up and not be so hard on yourself or others. Life is too short to complain get over stressed, and get angry. All of us could use more patience, self – control, and self – discipline. Rather than bark and bite at shoppers, those causing traffic jams, add some more kindness to your coffee and tea. It will truly make a difference.
If you don’t have the money for gifts then do something nice that doesn’t cost you money, use your time and talent. Write a handwritten letter not email or text, call or visit someone you haven’t seen in a while, watch the kids or grand-kids, or do something different it may surprise you. Give your best effort and finish well this month.
Make this a December to remember my friend, because it is better to make memories rather than have regrets.
May this season draw you closer to the “Light of the World” Jesus Christ because this is why we celebrate Christmas 🎄
Published by Andy
Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region.
The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey.
Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own.
My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’.
God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth.
I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others.
There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more
I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more
I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better!
“But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version
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