by M. Jolaine Szymkowiak

M. Jolaine Szymkowiak
1 Corinthians 2:2

One of the great traditions of the New Year is the writing of or at least thinking about the writing of a New Year's Resolution. By the time the month of February comes around, most of the initial resolutions have been broken, a second or third set written and also broken. That is just the way it is; mostly because we put greater expectations on ourselves than we can possibly pull off by our own means. ''The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse'' (Helen Keller).

Sometimes, even in the start of a new year, it seems the old is pulling us back. Nothing but the clock and the calendar really seemed to change. The problems that faced us in 2003 are still there, afresh, in 2004. However, if we take a fresh approach to them, a new look, we see we really have moved forward. We aren't who we were. We have learned some things we didn't know before. We can deal with things now from a different perspective, and we aren't alone.

''And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: ''Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.'' And he replied: ''Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way'' (Minnie Haskins).

When we think of resolutions, the root word ''resolve'' gives us a further definition. Our various denomination conference business is conducted by resolution. We honor people in organizations and various agencies by resolution. Resolution - ''a decision as to future action'' (Webster). We resolve to do such and such. Resolve - ''to reach a decision or intention'' (Webster).

In making a resolution, we are deciding upon a certain action or end result. That action or end result is our responsibility according to the written resolu ...

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