The Happy New Year Myth

Until you train yourself to be happy inside, a New Year will never make you happy. Life goes better when you grow and mature through all your New Years, not just maintain the same ole orbit around them.

A happy New Year isn’t temporary distraction from inner misery. It’s learning how to live without inner misery. Don’t settle for just another year. Fill your 2019 with joy, peace, honesty, hope, compassion, integrity, service, and kindness.

Your New Year will be about as happy as your old one, unless you make positive improvements in your thinking and behavior. People are eager to say “Happy New Year” but reluctant to use their time in ways that will actually make their New Year happy.

The thoughts, words, and images that you allow in your mind impact your life much more than the year on the calendar. The changing of the year doesn’t change much if you don’t change. The best way to have a happy 2019 is to daily fill your mind with positive, uplifting thoughts, words, and images. However, if you fill your mind with negative, angry, depressive, mean, or violent thoughts, words, and images, your New Year will be bad.

What good is the New Year if you treat it just like you did the old one?
It seems odd that we celebrate the New Year just as it starts, instead of waiting until we’ve accomplished something worth celebrating.
Instead of starting the New Year by dropping the ball, perhaps we should begin it by accepting responsibility. To step into the future is good. To ignore the unfinished business of the past isn’t.

Since the New Year won’t be that “New” if you keep being the same ole you, let Jesus renew you in 2K19! 365 days in a daze won’t make a happy New Year, but 365 days to gaze at and praise Christ will.

Year end, year out;
What’s it all about?
Read the Bible
And find out.

Here are two other books that can give you fresh, creative new thinking for a great new year: 1) Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind @ and 2) Beyond Church–An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible–Ekklesia @

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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