Today is New Year’s Eve and tomorrow we arrive at the third and final holiday in our American Trilogy. Over Thanksgiving and Christmas you did away with the clutter in your life. You were grateful for the gift of redemption. You embraced the chance to serve others. It felt good, right? Well guess what—it doesn’t have to end now! You can apply these principles the whole year through and carry the message of this season with you. Renewing your spirit is just beginning, with no end in sight.
Now that you’ve cleared the weeds and tilled the ground, the seeds you plant in this New Year can take root and grow. You’ve spent over a month nourishing your foundation. As you look toward the future you can understand that nothing good or meaningful can happen for you, your family, your community or your country unless you begin the process of change with humility. You understand that you can’t do it alone - that no one can - that is where your strength comes from. We need our faith both in one another and, most importantly, in God. Congratulations—if you’ve taken this journey with me through our American Trilogy of holidays, today is the day when things begin to happen.
I want you to make a commitment right now that you’re going to change your life. This is it! I’ll be back on the air this coming Monday and I’m starting something brand new. But it won’t mean a thing if you don’t honor this commitment to change your life today. 2011 is going to be a year unlike any other, and not just for me and you, but for everyone. There isn’t a moment to waste! Don’t sleep New Year’s Day away on the couch! (OK, one small nap, but that’s it.) Think about what you want from your life, and for your life. You’ve done the work and now you can move forward without limitation. You have your family, your friends, and your faith. The greatest men and women who have ever lived have needed nothing more to literally change the world. You’re ready.
Remember, you can’t control the passage of time, but you can control what you do with that time as it passes. Let’s make every day count…together.
May God bless you and your family this day and throughout the New Year.