Friday, January 01, 2010
Happy New Year
The house is cold this morning, 57 degrees to be exact. Wool socks and a hooded sweatshirt are needed while I get the fire going and make the coffee. I don't mind really, cold is not as bad to me as being hot is and the cold house is only temporary, the fire will be blazing in a few minutes.
But, before I climbed out of bed I was laying there thinking about the new year and how people makes resolutions each and every new year, and proceed to forget them in an hours time, and for others, these resolutions can be life changing. We all know the kind that makes a big deal about any life change they plan to make and within a weeks time, they have completely forgotten the goals they set for themselves, and so completely, that you wonder if they ever remember that they told you ! As I was snuggled under the covers thinking about my own resolutions through time I mused that every goal I make is in some way centered on or built on my belief in God. This belief in God is not disputable for me. It is so deep within me that no matter what I have read, what others have tried to tell me, I believe in God, the Creator. Evolution is just not part of my vocabulary, no matter how its explained. For me, everything is based on my understanding or wish to understand, what God wants for me. Even to get more healthy, loose weight, is with the concept in mind that our bodies are temples of God and I have NO right to not take care of it. (1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?)
So, in thinking about my new years resolution I left out things like what I want in the new year, nothing to do with how much money I will have, or how many things I want to buy, or how many trips I wish to take or even what size I want to be, but I wanted to go deeper, think about the things that matter to God. How kind I should be, how generous I should be, how humble I should be, how forgiving I should be, and how much I should be thankful for and not always be like a spoiled child that just never seems content, but more like the child who gets a gift but while still opening the box is telling everyone what she wants next.
Which leads me to my resolution. Let this truth govern my life....1 John: 11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. ...... 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
It is a silent sort of morning, sitting next to the wood stove in my rocker, watching the birds outside my windo...