New Year’s Eve for many people is a day of making specific and often ambitious resolutions. But in the back of our minds we suspect that within a short time we might fail and be left wondering if next year will be no better than previous years.
Perhaps the problem is that we aim at an ambitious goal and forget that food and fuel for the journey are essential? Let’s try instead to focus on the little essentials knowing that these will lead us to the greater goal.
It is often necessary to make a resolution towards an ambitious goal since the journey without a destination is just an aimless wander. But it’s helpful also to note that the word “resolution” comes from a 14th century French word meaning “a breaking into parts” and the Latin “process of reducing things into simpler forms.”
To use another word, perhaps it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution that is really radical:
The root and reason of human life is found in relationship with Jesus Christ. Without this relationship we humans are left with a nagging sense of incompleteness and the recurring stress of carrying a burdens that are too much for us.
A tree will only grow healthily if the root is strong. Perhaps the new beginning of a new year offers an opportunity to tend to our roots ensuring that at the core of our being all is well.
This is easily done, and helps us to experience the fact stated in today’s gospel reading from the opening verses of John: the Word became flesh, and dwells among us.
- Make a decision now to enter this new year conscious that Jesus Christ is the centre of your existence.
- Resolve now to converse with Him honestly and openly at every opportunity in the year ahead and create these opportunities.
- How about using a practical event reminder as a memory-trigger, a red light, a ringing telephone, a feeling of anxiety or a negative thought? This new practice will take an active decision and conscious commitment for the first few days but then will become a natural and life-giving part of your life.
- An example: I use red traffic lights as one of my “prayer-alarms.” When I arrive at a red light and I’m alone in the car I turn off the stereo and converse with Jesus. He never misses and opportunity to give me what I need in these brief moments.