by Donald Cantrell

Flourishing in This New Year
Donald Cantrell
II Corinthians 1:1-11

Theme: ‘‘Six keys to flourishing in this New Year’’

It seems as if 2015 had just begun and here we are facing 2016. It is at this point where people begin to make New Years Resolutions and in doing so most of the resolutions will be broken rather quickly. Below is a list of the ‘‘Top Ten Most Commonly Broken Resolutions’’, as follows:

1. Lose weight and get fit
2. Quit smoking
3. Learn something new
4. Eat healthier and diet
5. Get out of debt and save money
6.Spend more time with family
7. Travel to new places
8. Be less stressed
9. Volunteer more
10. Drink less
Time Magazine 2012

New Years is celebrated in various traditions throughout the world:

In Spain and several other Spanish-speaking countries, people bolt down a dozen grapes-symbolizing their hopes for the month’s ahead-right before midnight.

In many parts of the world, traditional New Year’s dishes feature legumes, which are thought to resemble coins and herald future financial success; examples include lentils in Italy and black-eyed peas in the southern United States.

Because pigs represent progress and prosperity in some cultures, pork appears on the New Year’s Eve table in Cuba, Austria, Hungary, Portugal and other countries.

Ring-shaped cakes and pastries, a sign that the year has come full circle, round out the feast in the Netherlands, Mexico, Greece and elsewhere.

In Sweden and Norway, meanwhile, rice pudding with an almond hidden inside is served on New Year’s Eve; it is said that whoever finds the nut can expect 12 months of good fortune.

The practice of making resolutions for the New Year is thought to have first caught on among the ancient Babylonians, who made promises in order to earn the favor of the gods and start the year off on the right foot. (They would reportedly vow to pay off debts and return borrowed farm equipment.)

United States: A kiss at the stroke of midnight signi ...

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