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January 8, 2014

New year’s resolutions

MOORE — Wikipedia informs us that a New Year’s resolution is, “a commitment that an individual makes to project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change.”

Millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. Some are goofy, some are typical, while others are monumental.

The standard New Year’s resolutions are: Spend more time with your family, lose weight, save money, quit smoking, watch less television and exercise more.

St. John Chrysostom said, “When we once begin to form good resolutions, God gives us every opportunity of carrying them out.”

On Jan. 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln presented his New Year’s resolution: the Emancipation Proclamation. This resolution changed the course of history.

An anonymous new year’s resolution for a dog, “I will not chase that stick unless I actually see it leave his hand.”

If New Year’s resolutions were made back in Bible times, some of them might have read like this:

David: “I resolve to kill Goliath, even if he is nine feet, six inches tall and all I have is a sling and five stones.”

Daniel: “I will sleep in peace while in this lion’s den because I know God will somehow get me out.”

Joshua: “I will have my armies march around the walls of Jericho seven times and then shout. I know God will give me this city.”

Jonah: “If I ever get out of the belly of this whale, I will do what God wants me to do. I will go to Nineveh.”

Noah: “I will build this boat, even though I have never seen rain.”

The Three Wise Men: “We will follow the Star until we find The King.”

Peter: “I will walk on water.”

Perhaps our New Year’s resolutions won’t be this great, but we can make a difference if only we believe.

Whatever you resolve for 2014, may God be with you each step of the way and may each resolution be fulfilled.

Happy New Year.

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