To Make A New Beginning
Since yesterday was the day of Epiphany, I decided to go to bible study. It’s the first time I’ve been in many years. Let’s just say something moved me to be there. The focus of the session was Matthew 2:12 (We Three Kings). One of the texts we referenced in the discussion was “Beginning Where We Left Off” a chapter in Peter Gomes’ book titled Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living. It goes as follows:
“There is a time to lay down one’s cares and duties and to run with excited spirits to Bethlehem and the manager, ‘to see the things that has come to pass’; there is a time to follow the eastern star and take the road not taken; there is a time to flee for refuge from the troubles of the world and seek the safety of the mountaintop. There is also a time to return-to the hillside, the laboratory, the scene of one’s labors, to begin again where we left off……and yet to make a new beginning.”
So with that, I thought it was time to give some serious thought to what I wanted to accomplish this year. Here are the top five:
- Lose weight;
- Be smarter about how I spent/save my money;
- Be more kind to myself (sometimes I can be my own worse critic);
- Invest the time and energy to develop better relationships with friends and family members; and
- Be more honest and open about what I want and expect from others.
I’m hoping that by documenting my personal goals here, someone (anyone) will help keep me accountable. Just like the wise men, I too need to take a different path and there is no better time to start than the present.