New Year's Resolutions make most people flee in the opposite direction. Now such stress occurs because when we incorporate new goals into our already packed lives, they produce stress. So what is the best thing to ask for regarding new obtainable goals? Well we can find that answer in James 1:5-8. The best New Year's Resolution is "Wisdom."
But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it. But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, since he is a man of two minds, unstable in all his ways.
What we in our family have found is that when we write down our five or ten goals and keep them posted, we often see them occur. My eldest son, David, now 27, was living in Bremerton WA and wanted to make some changes. So he took a paper bag, wrote down on it what changes or goals he wanted to see, and posted it on his wall. Low and behold, by the end of that year all had occurred. Inspired by her brother’s example, my daughter, Hannah, age 23, did the same. Last year, 2009, she compiled ten goals, posted them on her refrigerator, and eight out of ten came true. I have my goals, eleven of them, on my bulletin board. They are life goals and I keep my yearly ones with my daily prayer cards. Again, it amazes me how many are coming to pass.
Sometimes I wonder about our Lord and how He approached His ministry. He remained essentially unseen for thirty years and then He changed the world. What did our Blessed Mother think in her heart during this time? Did she ever wonder when He would take on His mission which was promised to her? I ponder these things. I reflect on how He approached His life and goals. The days are short; the fields are ripe, and the workers are few. Let us accomplish all we can for Him with wisdom.
GONE-------- (a goal!!)
Martha Wild King, M. Ed., Author
The Frugal Catholic: Learn to live on less