Be A Joy To The World…!

Merry Christmas to all my “Friends”

This is my Christmas Card to everyone in the “Friends of Copey” family.

I have mailing addresses for many of you and I will try to get my customary Christmas cards sent to as many as possible. In case a personal Christmas Card does not get sent to you, my message is simply...“Don’t Miss the Joy!”

Sure there is plenty to be unhappy or joyless about today. There are many great hardships relating to financial and economic, physical and medical, political, and even social conditions. There is plenty of hardship for all.

Well, this is Christmas and that glass can be half-full or half-empty. How we see that glass determines how we manage these hardships in most cases.

I happen to be a die-hard glass half-full person and I prefer to face the light with my back to the darkness. I believe our response to difficult circumstances is of great importance. When possible, we can decide to be part of the problem or part of the solution. I am convinced that some challenges and hardships have a purpose we can benefit from.

One of my favorite Bible verses is James 1:2-4…“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”

It is my belief that “Friends” who support our efforts year after year are people of strong faith. People whose faith has been tested. Not every “Friend” professes to have a Christian or religious affiliation and it is not required to be a “Friend”. We come from all walks of life as “Friends”, glass half-full folks, sharing the joy of doing and wanting to be a difference maker using the talents, skills, and experiences we have.

We bring to a close a very unusual year full of challenges. We had choices to consider. “Friends” could have easily taken time off or discontinued our support of the Copey Learning Center until times became better. Excuses where plentiful if we were looking for reasons to do nothing. But our character sees things half-full…we decided to do something and as a result, the year was amazing.

We can all be joyful of the fact we stepped up, faced the challenges of school closures, and became a part of the solution. Consequently, we end this year on a positive note and avoided having to say “we could’ve should’ve” done something to help. This is one of the joys we should celebrate and should not miss.

My Christmas Card Message…!

Joy to the World…the Lord has come. As “Friends”, let us not miss the joy of Christmas and the joy we share being “Friends of Copey”.



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