Saturday, December 29, 2007

New Year Reflections & Resolutions

My favorite day of the year is January 1. I actually get more excited about New Year’s day than any other holiday. It’s my R&R day - reflection and resolution day. There’s just something wonderful about the first day of a new year. It’s a new beginning, a clean slate, a year stretched before us with endless possibilities, hopes, and unknowns. What could be more exciting?

On New Year’s Day I can reflect on the past year, remember it’s high points and low points. It was filled with single struggles and the usual single disappointment of spending another year alone. All the online dating sites failed to deliver (where’s my money-back guarantee?), and I didn’t meet anyone at the last single group or bump into the love of my life on the street. I learned a lot this past year too. I matured a bit, grew a bit emotionally, lost an old love, took my pain and reached out to others, tried something new, lost weight, gained it back, found a few more grey hairs and wrinkles, and married off my son.

Now as far as resolutions go, I can’t remember at this stage of the game what they were on January 1, 2007 or if I accomplished or kept any of them. Funny thing about resolutions, you make them, forget them, and make them again the next year. I guess if we were really "resolute" we’d keep those "resolutions." I’m the first to admit, I don’t do well in that area, so I’m keeping my list short this year.

But, hey, it’s a new year facing us now. What’s on the horizon in your life this year? What are your hopes and dreams that you expect to see fulfilled before December 31, 2008? You have a clean slate now, so make your mark. Sure a lot of unknowns await all of us, but we’ve been given a chance to do new things, change our bad habits, make the best of 2008.

For me, I have my hopes and my dreams, and I will still strain toward what is ahead. However, at the same time, I’m going to wake up every morning and take one day at a time. If I look at another year alone as a single stretching before me, I might as well stay in bed. So this year I’m going to be resolute on only one thing. I’m going to remind myself every day when I get up the following verse in Lamentations 3:22-23 that even though I’m not sure what the future holds that day, I can be assured of two things along the journey: God’s love and God’s mercy:

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." (The New Revised Standard Version, Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson publishers 1989).

What’s your resolution for the new year? Happy New Year friends! May 2008 be blessed for you.