New Year’s resolutions are strange things, aren’t they? There’s something about the arrival of another year that ignites in us some spark of hope that we will be better this trip around the sun; we’ll eat less and exercise more, spend less and save more, or give up some bad habit that has plagued us for years. For a few folks, a new year’s resolution is just the sort of thing that gives them that extra motivation to make a change. For most, however, it seems that a new year’s resolution is little more than a good intention that runs out of steam before the red hearts, boxed chocolates, and flying babies of Valentine’s Day arrives.
So I’d like to offer a resolution that everyone should try that is relatively free from temptation. It’s the sort of resolution that won’t always be easy to stick to, but it can come with immediate results. It doesn’t involve any sort of plan, subscription, or equipment. It’s simply this: in 2014 resolve to be kinder to everyone (and I mean everyone). Make eye contact with the cashier; let someone go ahead of you in line at the post office; wave to your neighbors. It may seem a bit silly at first, maybe even a bit trite, but I promise you, if we all resolve to be a little kinder to each other in 2014, we’ll make our communities a little better. That’s a resolution worth keeping.
Chris Thomas, First Baptist Church of Williams
Resolve to live a godly life
What New Year’s resolution could be better than committing to live a godly life? A godly life is a peaceful life — peace with God and peace with our fellow human beings. We obey God and we care about people around us. As obeying God is his worship, caring about the people around us is also worship of God. The first commandment and the most important duty towards God is we worship him alone. He is one and only.
A godly person would be a caring person about people around. The most important people around us are parents, spouse, children, neighbors, co-workers, classmates. Obeying God and caring about the people is an attitude. We need to develop this attitude. The best resolution will be to develop an attitude to live a godly life. Developing this attitude will take a few months. We will make mistakes in the beginning and gradually we try to overcome our mistakes. This kind of resolution will not be broken by any single act. It will be an ongoing effort for better and better attitude in life. This is a spiritual resolution and it is for the sake of God and higher than all other kinds of resolutions.
Muhammad Haq, Anniston Islamic Center