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NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

I’m feeling a little guilty that I haven’t sought out many of my friends to see how their Christmas and New Years Celebrations panned out.

Well, not really….I’ve been too busy lying by the pool reading and sleeping!

But it’s awkward isn’t it, taking that step and asking…..Mainly, I think, because people tend to get excited and want to tell you about their New Year resolution. And we’ve heard it all before and it’s hard to act interested and sincere when you know they’re telling lies …..because you know with certainty that they WILL eat chocolate again and depending on whether they’re Baptist, Presbyterian or Pentecostal they’ll wash it down with a beer, a merlot or diet coke…and we have that sneaking suspicion that the local Anytime Fitness Centre actually haven’t got a clue who they are (How many times did you say you’ve been to the gym since Christmas?).

But it’s tradition, isn’t it? It’s what we do at the end of another year when we grimace with horror at things we’ve done or said and we look forward with good intentions and plans to the clean slate that awaits

And I have to say that the worst thing about being in my 52nd year is that there’s a hell of a lot of grimacing backing up and not as many new years clean slates available to provide absolution and a platform for reform

The encouraging thing is that if you made a new year resolution recently, it indicates that you are experiencing growth and self awareness. Which in turn indicates that the prayers of your mother or spouse are finally being answered.

For lots of people the resolution is about what they can achieve through their own strength and will power whereas for a believer, our resolutions should focus on how we can please our God:

6 With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.

And this ‘once a year’ new year resolution gig is probably the only thing we can cheat on as christians. We can ignore the constraints of the resolution-making time frame because we believe and we are confident that God’s mercies and forgiveness are new every every day.

And so I give you today’s resolution:

Do justly
Love mercy
Walk humbly with your God

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