Most people look to the end of the calendar year to begin making resolutions for the next year. There seems to be this magical break in human time because of the changing of a year. Suddenly, the world is filled with new possibilities and promises of a fruitful future. However, an everyday steward does not need to wait for the first of January to make some resolutions or changes in life.
This Sunday marks the end of another liturgical year. Next Sunday, we begin looking toward Christmas with the First Sunday of Advent. Today is a great day to make some decisions and turn attention to improving our spiritual life.
Starting in Advent you could make a resolution to spend more time with the Scriptures. God is trying to tell you something, but you have to be more mindful to really listen. You could challenge yourself to each day do something generous that you might not normally do. The challenges don’t have to be large or cost a lot, but they should push you a little out of your comfort zone. That’s why we call them challenges. You could also resolve to keep a gratefulness journal, where you record daily your thanks for wonderful things in your life. This will help you examine your life more closely and will help you realize the wealth that God has given you, even in the small things.
Don’t wait to strengthen your discipleship and stewardship way of life. The Church is beginning anew and that means you are too! You are the Church, right? Don’t wait another month. Organize your life with the rhythm of the liturgical year, not the year defined by a party in Times Square.
Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS
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