Pastor Carolyn’s Conundrums:
How many of us make New Year’s resolutions? Traditionally most people do. I suppose the next question would be how many of us break them within the first week?
This year, I would like to issue a challenge for us to make a resolution concerning our relationship with Christ. This can be as simple as adjusting our thinking around our usual resolutions: I want to lose weight… so I can be the best that God wants me to be. I want to exercise… so I have the energy to serve God. It is a great practice for making us mindful of God in our midst always.
Even though we can reaffirm our commitment to Christ at any time of the year, this is a great time because we are already thinking about making things new for the new year. I am particularly fond of John Wesley’s covenant prayer because it incorporates all aspects of life (no matter where we are, no matter what we have).
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low by thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
May we include and serve Christ in all aspects of our lives in this New Year!
Happy New Year from my family to yours!