Did you ever wonder why it is so popular for people to make resolutions at the beginning of each year? I guess I always wondered about it in the back of my mind, but honestly never really gave it much thought. Until, that is, I read an incredibly insightful post by blogger Jason Shen titled The Real Reason Why New Years Resolutions Matter. And I never would have equated it with death.
Whether we want to admit it to ourselves or not, a new year reminds us that death is coming. Like the old adage goes, the only things certain in this life, are death and taxes. For us believers, death is (or should be) but just a crossing of the threshold from this temporal life into an eternal existence. Read The Enormity of Eternity for a reflection on this. The new year is one of the Lord’s ways to remind us of this, and offers us an opportunity to stop and reexamine our lives and make any changes as needed.
As seen in his first letter to the church at Corinth, the Apostle St. Paul had an acute sense of the brevity of life, and of the utter importance of making the most of it. The Lord has given each of us a unique calling and gifting to have a positive impact upon His kingdom in the here and now of this life. Let us use this time to honestly assess how good our stewardship has been thus far.
Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.
1 Cor 9:24-27