1. Plan, Hope and Pray for a good life. “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all” (Eccl. 9:11). We all make plans in life. We are educated, we work hard to achieve our goals, but truly, our future belongs to God. We can do all things through Christ which strengthens us, but nothing can we do by ourselves. (Philp 4:13)
2. Quit doing the same dumb things over and over expecting a different result. “Many foolish and hurtful lusts” drown men in despair and destruction (1 Tim. 6:9). “Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?” Sinners, that’s who (Prov. 23:29). Trust in the Lord and do good. (Ps 37:3)
3. Bring joy and happiness to others (1 Cor. 10:24 f; Phil. 2:3, 4). Please others rather than yourself. Go out of your way to warm the hearts of the sick and lonely. Remember the words of the Lord, “I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) If you do this, a happy new year is assured.
4. Learn to be content with such things as you have. “For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content” (Phil. 4:11). Riches from without will not produce peace from within. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord. (Job 1:21) God has given to you exactly what you need in this life. Be content with God’s gifts, and happiness is yours.
5. Resolve to go to heaven and take others with you. Have you ever seen a true Christian, diligently seeking to go to heaven, who is miserable? Neither have I. Yes, all and I mean all faithful Christians suffer persecution for the cause of Christ and this can be considered miserable. (1 Pet 5:9-10) Yet, all Christians know that this persecution is but for a short space of time, but heaven is forever. (Tit 1:2) While the world is busy making fortune and fame, Christians are building for a better future. Therefore, they seek and save the lost and as many who will give ear to the gospel of Christ. No, they are not wasting their time. They are taking advantage of what little time they have here on earth to do mighty works and the will of God in the name of Jesus Christ.
Conclusion: Remember that sorrow and sadness come to all alike. There is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Eccl 3:4). Sorrow happens to the wicked for the evil that they do. Sorrow happens to the Righteous because they are the servants of God. (1 Pet 4:14,15) However, if we will apply our lives to do the will of God, happy are we! (1 Pet 3:14 cf; 4:14 f; Jn 13:16,17)