When I was a kid particularly a grade 4 pupil, our English teacher required us to write our New Year’s resolution. I looked up to the ceiling of our classroom with a big question in mind.
“What is a new year’s resolution? Why my classmates and me should have to write them? Is it necessary for us to write it? Those questions hadn’t been asked for I was afraid of our old female teacher who was a disciplinarian. She’s too strict.
Well, I had no choice but to write when no proper direction in mind. Some of my classmates were already done. I was still in the process of writing. I didn’t know what to start.
Promises in Disguise
As I advanced to the next grade until I reached high school level, writing a new year’s resolutions is a must for us students to compose every New Year comes.
Well, new year’s resolutions as what my classmates were writing are a series of things to do for the whole year, either big or small, with sense or trivial. Again, I am in the dilemma of why are they required to write about them when they are all “promises” which haven’t been followed in doing them.
“Promises are made to be broken” as what the often-quoted statement of the politicians. We as students do we need to make such promises too? Here’s again a question that keeps on bothering me.
Effective New Year’s Resolutions
I have realized then that a new year’s resolutions are not only a series of things to do for improving oneself but they could also be plans for your studies, for your family, for the community and most especially for keeping the Lord’s commandments.
We are too sensitive as human, too frail and too weak to stand all alone by ourselves. Every year we have committed things that could hurt others especially our wife, our children. As once we did it, we became remorseful and repentant why we did it to them. For being repentant, remorseful so to speak we are already in the processing of mending such weaknesses. That is a good sign.
Then we are led to become humble as we acknowledge our inadequacy. We got the courage to ask forgiveness of what we have done to them. We are now leading to get back their trust and confidence as we reconcile ourselves to them.
That three simple attributes of an attitude: being remorseful, repentant, and reconcilable for forgiveness are more than enough to constitute an effective new year’s resolutions in tuned with the spirit of the Lord.
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