Each New Year's we fall into the trap of talking about resolutions. Even if you don't want to make one, it is still a subject of conversation. We may never get past this tradition of thinking of resolutions for the New Year, but the bigger picture here is the desire to better ourselves. We seem to have a desire deep within to be better, some act on that desire more but we all seem to share this.
The church and its calendar year promote this. We have cycles within our church year so that we can renew our relationship with God. Advent and Lent are the "big" ones. We spend several weeks during that time thinking about our relationship with God and Jesus. These times are suppose to be times that we grow in faith. That we renew our relationship with God. One might think that after doing a Lenten devotional once, you have done it. Or one might think that repeating the same prayer each night as an advent candle is lite seems redundant. Yet these things are not done or bad. These traditions are truly wonderful, for they help us be better Christians, be better Spirituality and more importantly have a better relationship with God. I've said it before, we are not the same people we were a year ago. We are not the same people we were 10 years ago. And we are never done getting better. Recently a 96 year old told me "the more I think I know about God, the more I realize I know nothing." How true is that?
As we begin to fail our New Year's resolutions and we begin to go back to old ways; I encourage you to think about your relationship with God. What Advent and Christmas meant to you this year and more importantly how you will continue this year to renew that relationship.