New Year’s Resolution

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”…They shall be radi­ant over the good­ness of the Lord,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and over the young of the flock and the herd;
their life shall become like a watered gar­den,
…and my peo­ple shall be sat­is­fied with my bounty,
says the Lord.”     –Jere­miah 37:12–14

I was impressed this morn­ing as the hosts of “The Today Show” talked about New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. Ann Curry shared that hers is to begin each morn­ing with a prayer of thanks for a new day to be alive and to work for good in the world (my para­phrase). Prob­a­bly some­thing of a rare state­ment for a pop­u­lar per­son­al­ity to make on net­work TV.

I wish to fol­low in her foot­steps, focus­ing on what I have to be grate­ful for each day, rather than on what I lack. I pray that my exam­ple will also rub off on my kids. The 6-year-old is already express­ing desire for “more” toys, so soon after the unwrap­ping of Christ­mas and birth­day gifts with which he was — make no mis­take — ini­tially absolutely delighted. I know this is typ­i­cal of a kindergartner’s nature, but so many of us never grow out of it, and it becomes the mantra of our adult­hood as well: “I wish I had…”; “If only…”

Lord, help me to be sat­is­fied with your bounty, each and every day of this new year.

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