10 Steps to a Blessed Day

1. Today I will not strike back

If someone is rude; if someone is impatient; if someone is unkind ...
I will not respond in like manner.

Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

(1 Corinthians 13:5)

2. Today I will ask God to bless my "enemy"

If I come across someone who treats me harshly or unfairly,
I will quietly ask God to bless that individual.
I understand the "enemy" could be a family member, neighbor, co-worker or stranger.

For God so loved the world He gave His one and only son
so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
(John 3:16)

3. Today I will be careful about what I say

I will carefully choose and guard my words,
being certain that I do not spread gossip, slander or
malign anyone in any way.

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres
(1 Corinthians 13:7)

4. Today I will go the extra mile

I will find ways to help share the burden of another person.
I will find ways to make life more pleasant.

Greater love has no one than this
that he lay down his life for his friends
(John 15:13)

5. Today I will forgive

I will forgive any hurt or injuries that come my way.
(I will also work to forgive injuries that have been inflicted upon me in the past)

God is love.
(1 John 4:8)

6. Today I will do something nice for someone, but I will do it secretly

I will reach out anonymously and bless the life of another person.

We always thank God for you, mentioning you in our prayers.
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith,
your labor prompted by love,
and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Thessalonians 1:1-2)

7. Today I will treat others as I wish to be treated

I will practice the Golden Rule -
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"- with everyone I encounter.
(Matthew 7:12)

8. Today I will raise the spirits of someone who is discourages

My smile, my words, my expression or support,
can make the difference to someone who is wrestling with life.

If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
(John 7:37)

9. Today I will nurture my body

I will eat less, I will eat only healthy foods; I will thank God for my body.

10. Today I will grow spiritually

I will spend a little more time in prayer today;
I will begin reading something spiritual or inspirational today;
I will find a quiet place (at some point during this day)
and listen to God's voice.

© Richard Bartley

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