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I have been disagreeable lately.

Or, maybe crabby. Or, fed up. Or, perhaps, just in a funk.

Possibly, you’ve been there too. The holidays, though much anticipated, somehow fall at least a snowflake short of our grandiose imagination.

Then we face the New Year with all the same issues, mishaps and misunderstandings of earlier, but minus the glitter and the days off to “recoup.”

See, I told you. I’m feeling just a bit disagreeable.

However, yesterday I was preparing a few thoughts to share with a group of leaders. After hours of planning, writing lessons, decorating, I sat down in the quiet and began tapping out on the keyboard my thoughts about these men and women. When I saw their faces in my mind, I began praying what I hope for them. It feels appropriate to say these same sentiments to you with just a few tweaks especially written for you.

I pray for you as we enter into this New Year. I pray that the Shalom of God will permeate your life in the Kingdom of God. I pray that you would experience the fullness of God; that you would grasp the grace of God and know that everything which is wrong now is in the process of being made right because we live in relationship with God. I pray all that is true and good be yours in these coming days.

I believe more than ever that the people in this community need you to be a mighty warrior on their behalf. Those beaten down by life circumstances need you to fight for them and with them.

Your kids, your grandkids, your neighbors, your friends need you to agree with God about who He is. They need you to remind them that God is good, that He is about restoring and giving life, that He is perfect in all His ways. They need to hear again that God is just, kind, compassionate and gracious toward us. He is quick to forgive because He loves ... always.

And, I encourage you today to agree with God about who you are.

Agree with God that you are the light that must not be hidden, you are salt and that you bring flavor to a rather tasteless world. Agree with God that you are beloved, a child of His and the apple of His eye. Agree today that God has a plan and purpose for your life and it will be full and there will be joy.

And in this New Year:

I pray you will:

Live in a new bodacious boldness.

Take risks.

Lead by example.

Trust your gut.

Say what you feel and mean what you say!

Choose gratitude.

Agree with God.

Exceed your own expectations.

If you get a chance, dance.

Forgive on the spot.

Don’t take no for an answer.

Be your best self. (You were made in the image of God.)

Don’t look back, look forward, dream forward, move forward.

And love God first.

Disagreeable? I will not be.

Larry and Linda Kloster sponsor this column.


Community News Editor

Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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