If I had been more on top of it I would have asked you all about your Christmas'. Did you start a new faith tradition this year? But Christmas has come and gone and so has New Year's. But I think that a week into the New Year is still an ok time to talk about resolutions.
Most of us make resolutions this time of year. It is a chance for us to reflect on the year past and what changes we want to make. It is a natural time to pause and take stock of what is important. Below are the top ten most common New Year's resolutions. Do you see something missing?
1. Stop smoking
2. Get Fit
3. Lose Weight
4. Enjoy Life More
5. Quit Drinking
6. Get Organized
7. Learn Something New
8. Get Out of Debt
9. Spend more time with the Family
10. Help Others
These are some wonderful resolutions and they serve a purpose - to make our lives more as we would wish them to be. We want to be happier, healthier and more secure in our lives and these resolutions help that. But there is something that is missing...there is nothing on there about improving on your relationship with God. Now in particular spending time with your family and helping others are often products of a full life with God but they are not the same thing.
It takes courage to admit that you are not always in a faithful state of mind. THis is not to admit that you never have doubts or questions about God and faith, rather this is a state where God doesn't even register on our radar screens for the day, week, month or year.
Most Christians would agree that a relationship with God is an important thing, so why are we not resolved to start the year off and make it so? We've just witnessed the miracle of Christmas - the birth of a Savior in the stable - will that affect your life this new year? Or is it something you pack away with the Christmas lights or leave on the curb with the dry tree?
I say that we should resolve to make God in our top ten at very least. It may not be a complicated resolution. It may be as simple as resolving to pray before each meal, or before bed, or to put the sign of the cross on your children each day and remind them of their baptism.
What might your resolution be to bring yourself closer to God in 2010?
P.S. Mine? I resolve to share my faith openly and honestly with you here on this blog. My struggles and successes, because sharing here makes me think again and in a new way about my own need for Salvation and God's grace that has been given to me.