Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? With a new year (and new decade) come new opportunities, and the chance for a fresh start. As Catholics striving to be good stewards, let me suggest some resolutions for the New Year:
♦ Find God Time Each Day: God wants us to be near to him. Do we make the time? Whether it’s 15 minutes or an hour, have a daily conversation with the Lord. Share your joys and sorrows with God, and allow him to transform them.
♦ Be Thankful: Express gratitude for all that you have. Thank the Lord for all your blessings. This will help you to be more compassionate and loving to others.
♦ Be There for Friends and Family: Take the time to really listen to your family. Be present to your friends. Don’t allow yourself to be so distracted with work and other busyness, that you miss out on the opportunities to share their good and bad times. They need you more than you may know.
♦ Give More: Be generous with the gifts that God has given you. Take a look at your giving to OLG and to the archdiocese, and commit to a greater contribution as your circumstances allow.
♦ Resist Overwork: Don’t get caught up in the rat-race of activities that lead us to overwork, constant fatigue, and worry. This is not the way to give glory to God. There will always be pressure to produce, meet goals, and be successful. But we must balance this out by taking time to refresh ourselves, and letting go of unrealistic expectations.
♦ Keep Our Eyes on God: Ask God for perseverance in achieving your resolutions. In his letter to the Philippians, Saint Paul writes: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Phil 4:13). If God is the center of our New Year’s resolutions, they have a better chance for success.
Tony Cooper-Stewardship and Development