LETTER FROM THE GM
MY NEW YEAR RESOLUTION
The old man that I was talking with said with a chuckle, "The only New Year's resolution that I make each year is NOT to make a New Year's resolution!" I inwardly smiled at his somewhat humorous response. Then I started thinking about what he said. Did I make a New Year's resolution last year? Did I even remember what it was? Did I achieve it or was it just a fleeting thought and a society tradition that everyone talks about on January 1st? I thought to myself, "Good questions"!
When I worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, my immediate supervisor always conducted year-end performance reviews. The review was looking at all the things we did correctly and the area or areas the supervisor thought we needed to improve upon.
I must ask you, if you did a year-end review of your life, how would you judge if you succeeded or failed? Is your spouse happy with you in your marriage? Are your children happy? Did you get that pay raise that you wanted? Are your bank account, savings account and investment accounts bigger than a year ago? How are your relations with your family, friends and co-workers? Are there areas in your life that you need to work on? Are there relational fences that need mending? Have you been the man, woman or friend that you needed to be to that other important person, or have you just been living for yourself? I must ask myself the same questions. How do I really judge whether or not I have been improving myself during the past twelve months? The Bible says, "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." (John 3: 2 NKJV) There is nothing wrong with achieving material goals in life. God clearly wants us to prosper in all things and be in health, but in direct proportion to how our soul prospers. That's the key-- how our soul prospers! The Word of God says, "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" (Mark 8:36 NKJV)
I must ask myself - have I grown spiritually - proportionately to my secular achievements? Have I read the Bible enough? Have I prayed enough? Have I been my brother's keeper? Ummm - now let me think - what should I do about that New Year's resolution that I just wrote about? More importantly, what do you think? What will will you do? Just asking that simple question and wishing you a Happy New Year!