It’s that time of the year again. Like watching the odometer roll over to another milestone, we are about to see the end of 2009 and the ringing in of 2010 (God willing.) I wish you and yours the best new year ever. May your dreams be realized, your faith be strengthened and love embrace you inside and out.
My family has been talking about resolutions. This year, we are thinking to add some family goals to the mix, in addition to our individual resolves. All the talk, of course, prompted me to do some research, and I’ve got to tell you that the findings varied widely. For a look at the most recent Marist Poll, just Click Here. All told, it seems that many of us will set resolutions and some of us will keep them. No surprises there. The interesting point for me concerns the content of our resolutions. The big three are all about health: Lose weight, Stop smoking and Exercise. I’m no exception to that rule. My personal goals for the coming year will certainly include taking better care of my body. “Use it or lose it.” That’s my motto, concerning exercise.
Our family resolutions, though, include health (better diet and family exercise), but our big idea is to begin chunking our time together. By that, we mean to include time daily for the most important things–Bible study, Prayer, Music practice and Family Meetings. This coming year, we will try a new approach. Rather than set specific times to gather, we are going to try just making sure that those “big rocks” go in there first–in whatever order and at whatever time it works out.
Will it help? I don’t know. We’ll see. One thing I do know, though, is that those who don’t try don’t do. Our main problem is not shooting too high and failing. It is aiming too low and hitting. You get what you settle for. We’re going to stretch ourselves in 2010. We’re going to grow for it!