In just a matter of hours, we will welcome in the year of our Lord two-thousand and thirteen. As we cross the threshold of this New Year with the opportunity to write a new chapter in the story of our lives I suspect many of us have already begun making our resolutions for tomorrow.
I wonder if the saints of old made such resolutions in their day. Let me suggest a few resolutions that may have cross the minds of our forefathers.
“I resolve to start carrying an umbrella to the office”—Noah
“I resolve to not lose my head when I get into an argument with David”—Goliath
“I resolve to complain less and listen more”—Job
“I resolve to stay in touch with all of my grandkids”—Abraham
“I resolve to get along with my brother”—Jacob
“I resolve to get a new barber”–Samson
“I resolve to follow my GPS system or at least ask for directions”—Moses
“I resolve to clean up my house more so it doesn’t look like a zoo!”—Noah’s wife
So what about you? Have you made your list? I must confess I am not much into resolutions. I did consider gaining more weight this year or watching more sports on television, but I am afraid of what would happen if I actually kept a resolution for the first time.
Yogi Berra, the sage old Baseball philosopher noted:
“If you don’t know where you are going—you will end up somewhere else.”
Zig Ziglar, the motivational speaker, added his insights to this philosophy by observing:
“If you aim at nothing—you will hit it every time!”
So what are you aiming at as you enter this New Year? For me, I like to keep things simple and basic.
In the Book of Micah, you find the prophet boiling down life and our relationship with God to a handful of clear and concise insights. He wrote:
“He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”
(Micah 6:8 NIV)
Can you imagine how your life would gain greater focus and direction by putting these truths to work?
Do the right thing. Embrace grace in every relationship. Worship God.
Maybe a good start for this year would be to keep it simple, and to get back to the basics—“Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.” ( Micah 6:8 The Message)