What Will Be New In Your New Year? I stopped making New Year’s resolutions many years ago. I’m not criticizing those who will make their resolutions, as 2015 is now in its infancy. I forgot too soon and early…past New Year’s resolutions. Possibly, they were not specific enough. Possibly ... Read Full Post
What Will Be New In Your New Year?
I stopped making New Year’s resolutions many years ago. I’m not criticizing those who will make their resolutions, as 2015 is now in its infancy. I forgot too soon and early…past New Year’s resolutions. Possibly, they were not specific enough. Possibly they were not realistic, clear, practical, measurable, or achievable. Rarely were my resolutions written out in detail with a plan to follow.
I think it is good to have goals and plans for the future. They can begin any time of year, you know, what plans would be important to your life and future. Our goals and plans will usually involve several simple steps. The steps should be written out in detail which can be accomplished in a reasonable time frame. Positive goals should answer the question “Why are these goals important for me?” Our goals should be announced to others who will be affected. Usually we need the cooperation of others to assist us in accomplishing our plans. Achievable plans usually need some research and expert advice. If our plan is to lose twenty pounds, we likely will need to do some reading and understanding of appropriate nutrition and exercise. What program should we follow, or how long will it take to succeed in our goal? Taking a Spanish class so you can speak with a Hispanic neighbor might be someone’s goal. Would we like to learn how to take better photos or arrange flowers? Would you wish to learn about our amazing universe, or about some far-off land? Would you want to know what your Bible teaches about joyous living? How will you proceed? Will it be by reading books, watching DVDs, television or by securing a teacher, or taking a class at the local college? Any goal we adopt will probably involve some decisions before our plan can succeed.
Most of us have enjoyed new clothes, a new car, a new restaurant, new friends, or new travel experiences. Yet, too much change in our lives may overwhelm and stress us. Maybe we might better learn to enjoy some of the ‘old’ or ordinary things in our lives, which we have taken for granted. If we observe some of the old things in our life in new ways, we might enjoy life more. The Psalmist time and again reminds us that God’s mercies are new every morning. What might our lives be like if from day-to-day, we take the time to observe and learn to enjoy some of our beautiful sunrises and sunsets? There may be family members or friends that visit us, which we have taken for granted. We my savor conversations with others by listening more carefully to their stories. We will learn new things if we ask people questions about their stories and experiences. We can learn to observe how God gives us renewed strength day-by-day to meet our life challenges. We might ask Jesus to help us in new ways to overcome our struggles, loses, fears, or stop complaining or blaming others. Things can become new again if we learn to be thankful and appreciate daily blessings. Each day provides opportunities to be encouraged or to be thankful for our opportunities to bless other.
We can experience a Happy New Year in 2015 if we look in new ways about the people and circumstances around us that make our life more pleasant and rewarding. It was the Psalmist who wrote in the 118th chapter and verse 24 “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
I wish you a blessed and happy new year in 2015! It was Jesus who promised “I make all things new.” Let us learn to praise him for the good things that we now treasure. Thank him and others for the blessings they provide, so even old things will become new to us.
Chaplain Wayne Ryan