As we always do right after New Years day, when we finish out the old and ring in the new, it’s a time of making promises to ourselves. We recommit to exercising more, eating healthier, finally losing those extra pounds we’ve been carrying. Or maybe we set our sights on landing a new job in the coming months, or finally buying the dream house we’ve been saving for. The New Year is always ripe with possibility.
Could this also be the best time to make a few spiritual resolutions, perhaps some promises to God? Are there aspects of our faith life that could use a fresh start? Maybe we need to mend a relationship; extend forgiveness to someone who has caused us pain. Or if we have gotten out of the habit, what about dedicating ourselves to a daily ritual of quiet conversation with Jesus? Or maybe we’ve been angry or disengaged with our church and this is the time to begin anew.
There is something wonderful about a New Year that awaits us; about fresh starts and second chances: when we can take stock of our mind, body and spirit, and commit to improving what may be lacking in our lives. And just like our bodies feel the benefits from healthier eating, so do our souls rejuvenate with more faith and spirituality.
The year 2013 is abundant with promises and hope and possibilities. When we set our resolutions for the coming days, let us consider what will ultimately bring us more peace and joy. With determination and resolve, let us include spiritual resolutions as part of our plan for the New Year!