The New Year is a remarkable time of renewal in our culture. We celebrate the opportunity to forget what is behind and move on to what is in front of us. New Year's Resolutions ring in the new year, as we all desire a fresh start, a new beginning, a forgiving of sorts that let us get closer to the people we really want to be.
It's almost like we have a new starting line in life's long marathon. We can point to a definitive period of time and say, "That's the Beginning."
That's when I decided to....
Loose a little weight
Begin to work on my negative attitude
Transform my work habits
Take control of my financial situation
Set a goal to achieve something special
Create an environment of friendship around me
Serve someone else
Be productive when it comes to family
Be attentive to spiritual things
Or whatever you think brings you closer to the person you want to be.
I can remember this New Year's tradition when I was growing up in my family, and I have to be honest, I didn't take it very serious. I knew in a few short days or weeks I'd forget my resolution, get tired of working so hard for the goal I set on January first, or just think it unrelatable.
But now, I take this tradition very serious. I set goals, write them out, and work diligently to take every year as a new start.
This year I plan on continuing...
My prayer discipline I've devoted to in 2013, working to increase the amount of time I spend in deep contemplative prayer
My physical challenge. I've lost nearly 15 pounds and I'm on the way to being in the best shape of my life.
My family time, deepening my relationship with my wife and kids.
My work development. Making KIVU a destination for teenagers around the globe, writing compelling works of literature, and working with my friends around the world to develop conversations that help shape the way the world leaders think about faith.
So as we approach this new day tradition, who do you want to be?
I'm not advocating you can simply wash the whole slate clean and re-start, but maybe there are a few things in your life you'd like to work on this year. The New Year gives you the opportunity to have a starting line right there for all to see.
Who do you want to be in 2014? Let's take each other serious and challenge our community to sharpen one another as the year rolls along.