Happy New Year! I hope the Thanksgiving-to-Christmas-to-New Year’s rush has slowed to a more manageable pace.
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I used to. They usually had to do with exercise. I would frequently fall victim to the gym membership ploy of a “New Year and New You” marketing campaign. It would have helped if I looked back at my broken resolutions of previous years.
Check out the picture of Janus. He has two faces, one looking ahead to the future while the other keeps a keen eye on the past. That’s why he’s the Greek god of beginnings and transitions. The month of January was named in his honor. It makes sense when you think about it.
January is a time of transitions. We often look ahead and hope the New Year will bring prosperity, whatever form that might be. Sometimes that means a new job, or just a job at all. Sometimes it means a happier home life. Sometimes it means better health. In looking ahead, we keep an eye to the past as we hope for better times.
If you’ve had enough of the resolutions that often set you up for failure, consider resolving to make a difference in your life, by making a difference in someone else’s life. Any gesture can mean so much: volunteering for a charity, visiting a shut-in, or just calling to let them know they’re in your thoughts.
I pray for everyone in our church family and beyond. May 2013 be a blessed year for us all.