|Holy One of Israel - Simon Dewey|
As we contemplate a New Year we can see it as a new beginning if we've left the old behind. But, if we drag it (the old baggage) along it's hard to make that 'fresh start'.
Over the years I've heard many ideas, lectures, thoughts, talks etc. about goal-setting and new year resolutions. Yesterday, on the news, I heard about 'commitments' instead of 'resolves'.
Either way, from a gospel perspective I may see things differently than some. Yes, goals can be good, resolutions can be motivating or helpful, but…without the help of the Spirit, they may not be soul-changing. And, that's my idea of goals that really matter.
In this day and age we are surrounded by a plethora of 'good ideas'. Many there are who write books about goals, motivation, weight loss, changing, personal development etc. But, without the Spirit to guide us - are these goals that really help us become what and who we are meant to become?
Pardon me if I share from a gospel perspective but, if I may, as I read and ponder the scriptures I haven't come across many of the words that are used in our current vernacular such as "goal setting" or
"weight loss". But, I have found many words that heal from the inside out and then, we change.
Enos wanted to know some things. He had a desire in mind of something he wanted more than he wanted anything else. And, he fasted and prayed sincerely all day and even into the night for that. And it appears that he'd been thinking of these things for longer than just that time period as he said: