Setting Priorities for the New Year

 

What is your favorite holiday?  My guess is that most people living in a “Christian society” around the world would say that Christmas is their favorite holiday.  Although I can understand the reasons for selecting this day as your number one, I have to admit that my favorite is New Year’s Day.  Part of the reason behind me selecting this day is because it is one of the rare celebratory days that is largely untouched by commercialism (unless you count football commercials).  The bigger reason likely has to do with my personality.  I am an optimist and I love the theory, however faulty it may be, that I can become a better person.

From my earliest memories, I have made New Year’s Resolutions.  I have vowed to be better at reading my Bible and have read the first few chapters of Genesis countless times, but the first few pages of Numbers are much whiter.  I have joined the crowd and pledged to lose weight through a variety of ways.  In an attempt to conquer the mountain of magazines that threatens to start an avalanche any day, I’ve resolved to read one of the issues each week.  Multiple years have found me promising (and re-promising) to organize my family pictures.  I’ve tried setting up rigorous exercise routines.  You name it, if it is a weakness of mine (and I have a plethora to pick from), I’ve tried to make a change for the better at some point in my life.   Continue reading