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Posted on: Jan 13, 2017

“A New Year, New Goals, New Heights to climb”
Some people don’t believe in setting “New Year Resolutions” because they don’t want to feel like a failure if they don’t achieve their goal. The mistake most people make is that they keep their goal secret, so they won’t be embarrassed if they quit or come up short. But they have it all wrong, and this is why.
Once you make your goal public you are more likely to keep it. Matthew 10:27 says “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.”
I believe all of our goals come from a God who loves us, if our conscious is telling us we need to lose weight then that is probably God putting that into our minds to get healthy.
For example my “New Years Resolutions” are threefold.
1. I will exercise differently. Now some people think I exercise enough with all the running I do, but I am now starting cross training which is adding another hour to my routine. This year I am focusing on firming up what little muscle I have. Pray for me, I despise lifting weights!!!
2. I kind of fell off “the eating right, train” during the end of 2016 and the Lord brought that to my attention. I have juicers, I have a VITAMIX blender which cost me a lot of money just sitting in my pantry. My new goal is to have one good vegetable or fruit drink at least 5 days a week. The other day my wife asked me “why are you buying so much candy when you aren’t going to eat any of it”? And I said “it is for the kids at school, I am living vicariously through their enjoyment.” Haha!! Believe me, if I could eat the candy without consequence like they do, I would join right in with them!!!!
3. My final personal resolution is that I will read the entire bible before Easter Sunday. Whoa, this usually takes a year or a lifetime to accomplish!!!! This is a lofty goal! I already made this goal public on Facebook. At the time of this publication I should be real close to reading the Psalms. The reason I set this goal was because I think God wants me to think and act more and more like His son Jesus. Reading the bible is the best way to accomplish this goal. St. Jerome says “ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”.
My New Years Resolution for our parish is to stay on course, keep building relationships with the young and the more senior amongst us. To make sure everyone who walks through our church and school doors immediately feels welcomed and part of this dynamic community.
Any goal we set, any new height we decide to climb can happen as long as we keep the Glory of God as our motivation. If we only focus on ourselves, on our own personal ambitions and desires then we will probably fail, but if it is for God’s glory then the sky is the limit.
Declaring our goals publicly helps us to be accountable, because people will ask if we achieved them and on the negative side people might point fingers at us saying “we didn’t finish what we started.” But the flip side is we are actually better for trying, than never starting!
Set some goals! Dare to climb new heights!! And have a Happy and healthy New Year!!!!
Deacon Larry