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Popular New Year Resolutions...But Where Is Our Commitment to Christ?

Happy New Year!! It’s hard for me to believe that another year has passed, and so quickly. Hopefully each one of us can look back and find many blessings for which to be thankful to the Lord. Recently, I came across a survey that came up with peoples’ top 10 New Years’ resolutions. Here they are for your consideration with a few personal comments.

1. Spend more time with family and friends. (Loving and being loved is what makes life worthwhile.)

2. Fit in fitness. (In other words, get some regular exercise.)

3. Tame the bulge. (This only applies to the 55% of us who are overweight.)

4. Quit smoking. (On average, smokers try four times before they quit.)

5. Enjoy life more. (Why isn’t this No. 2?)

6. Quit drinking. (Some of us need to quit; some of us need to cut back.)

7. Get out of debt. (Maybe for some of us this means limiting ourselves to one credit card.)

8. Learn something new. (When we stop growing, we begin dying.)

9. Help others. (Why isn’t this No. 3?)

10. Get organized. (How much time is wasted and stress is induced because we can’t set priorities?)

All of these are laudable goals and I can understand why they would be so popular with so many people. But for those of us who are disciples of Christ, there is something glaring that is missing. Our first resolution, every year, should be to grow in intimacy with Him. We need to remember that He has come so that we “might have life and have it to the full.” God has created us for joy, beginning now and enduring into eternity. If our life is less joyful than it should be, it may well be because we haven’t let the Lord lead us into that joy. We need, then, to make more time for prayer, for mediating on the Scriptures, for receiving the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, and for consciously doing works of charity. I have a strong sense that if we were to do these things, then all the other things on the list of resolutions would take care of themselves. It will soon be 2022. What will we have done with 2021?


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