Another year has started, and there is always great hope and expectation. It is marked by New Years Resolutions and I like to have at least 20, so that by the end of January I might have at least kept one! Sadly, I recently looked back over my diaries and realised that many of the New Years Resolutions I made this year I also made for 2019, 2018, 2017 and so on. I, therefore, have two alternatives, either stop making New Years Resolutions because they are a waste of time, or really concentrate and make them work. Perhaps even streamline so that I only have one to remember and follow.
So, I publically declare that my 2020 New Years Resolution will be to actually read books that I buy. I currently have over 600 theological books in my study that I may or may not have read. If I have, I don’t remember.
How will you keep your New Years Resolution or do you think they are not worthwhile?
This year, I am going to begin each newsletter by looking at who or what the month is named after. The God of January is named after Janus who has two faces. One looks back over the past year and one looks forward to the next. So starting a new year, it is useful to reflect upon some of the habits we have accumulated over 2019 and to access whether they are useful and whether they bring us closer to God or whether they are an obstacle. So, as we start the New Year together, let us declutter. Get rid of bad habits. Fully focus on God and ensure all our actions are those that make God happy, namely loving God and loving our neighbour.
Fun Fact: In the King James Version of the Bible, there are 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,173 verses, 774,746 words and 3,566,480 letters.
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Rev'd Martin Wheadon