Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Parable of the New Year's Resolution

The Parable of the New Year's Resolution - www.BelieveisaVerb.com
I love the week following Christmas. The days are lazy, the kids are busy playing with their new toys and games,and time seems to slow. We have almost nowhere we need to be and very few obligations to meet. With so much relative freedom, I find it easy to center my thoughts and decide how best to approach the new year. It's a fresh start, a chance to begin again. I can set goals and make resolutions to improve myself. The possibilities are endless.

  • Finish writing my current work-in-progress. 
  • Submit to agents and hopefully get published.
  • Eat healthier.
  • Exercise regularly.
I know I may not succeed in all my new endeavors, but I find myself better for the attempt even if I fail the very next day.

On a more spiritual scale, we are privileged to experience a similar renewal every week as we honor the Sabbath day and keep it holy. As we remove the worldly distractions, we're able to relax and enjoy each others' company. Time seems to slow. It becomes easy to center our thoughts on Christ and decide how we'll approach a new week. It's a fresh start, a chance to begin again. We can set goals to improve our spiritual nature. The possibilities are endless.
  • Study the scriptures every day.
  • Pray always.
  • Hold Family Home Evening (finally!)
  • Serve others.
We may not succeed in all our endeavors, but we will find ourselves better for the attempt even if we fail the very next day.

As with New Year's resolutions, our weekly resolutions to become more like Christ can be a chance to begin again. Failure is only a temporary state, for we know we have more opportunities to try. So this Sunday, and every Sunday afterwards, let us take advantage of this special day that has been set aside for our spiritual benefit. 

All we need to do is believe.

Believe is a verb. A verb is an action. Therefore, to believe is to ACT.

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