The week between Christmas and New Year is a period of time when everyone seems to be just floating in life. People catch up on their Christmas shopping and try to get the best bargains at the beginning of the sales, people go to lunch and dinner at different sides of the family, people go on holiday for a few days, University students try to catch up on assignments and studying etc.
This week is the best week to remind ourselves that we need to spend more time thinking about who we are and what we want to improve about ourselves in the next one. I consider this the ‘best week’ only because everyone seems to have the motivation to start afresh, begin something new, make a list of goals they want to accomplish throughout the new year and set aside some time to evaluate what worked for them throughout the last year.
I am writing this to tell you that this doesn’t have to be the only time in the year when you stop, reflect and write down resolutions. There doesn’t have to be a specific time to do that. If you’re not feeling it this time of year, it’s okay – don’t be too hard on yourself for not setting goals like everybody else at the start of a new year. Change happens when you make it happen. The 1st of January isn’t going to guarantee that you stick to whatever you set your mind to anymore than the 10th of January will. If the first day of the new year gives you a boost that helps you, by all means, go for it and I hope you stick through but don’t beat yourself up if you mess up.
Take this transitional time this year to figure out what you want in life, who you are and if what you’re doing brings you peace and joy in your heart. What use is it to set goals that you are certain you will not accomplish just for the sake of taking up resolutions? If it’s your kind of thing, do set goals now for the new year, however, anytime is a good time to start something new and go for it if it is for the glory of God. If you think of a great idea to love others better next February, don’t wait until the beginning of the year after to start doing it! Someone once told me that if it’s something good, there’s no point in waiting – just do it!
Life is too short to wait for a particular time of year for something good to happen. Once this vibe is in the air though, let’s not let it pass but instead, take advantage of it and think about our life, about those we love and about how we can love people better. In this, Jesus gave us the best possible task to let others know about our faith and do good at the same time.
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
Let’s make life a little more of a brighter place by loving people – not just with our words but drastically showing people our appreciation of their presence in our lives even if we have to go out of our way. Life is so short. What are we waiting for to love others? This is the kind of resolution we need to take up every single day of the year.
Stay rad, God bless you and Happy New Year!