I think it’s safe to say that this is a start to a New Year where relatively few people said, “wow, this past year was awesome.”    Yeah, there were some, but let’s face it, it’s been a tough year.

A tough year internationally – politically, militarily, religiously, from a refugee standpoint, from a violence standpoint.    It’s been tough.

It’s been a tough year domestically – a lot of struggles politically – a lot of things that are happening that many people don’t agree with.    Laws that are being passed, laws that some people feel shouldn’t be passed are and the opposite.   There are people running for President who, well let’s just say that my brother was in Ireland and one of the native Irish asked him,  “So what do you think of this Donald Trump fellow?”   Upon hearing that most Americans don’t think the way he talks, the response was, “Well, that’s good to hear, we were worried about you.”

And it’s been a tough year at home.    All one has to do is look up and down the rows at church or around your neighborhood and you can see pain.   She’s a single mom trying to do two parenting jobs at once.   They lost their first grandpa this year.   He struggles with…….   The list goes on and on.

2015 hasn’t been a good year in many ways.

And many people try to end a year and start a new year with a long list of resolutions of things that they are going to change.   It’s going to be better next year because I’m going to……

  • Lose 20 lbs.
  • Exercise 5 days a week.
  • Go…….

Well, you get the idea.   And rarely do those work and last beyond maybe the first of February.

I’ve read and heard a number of articles lately that have encouraged me to think differently this year (because that’s the way I used to think as well.)  Who are those people?   Ann Voskamp, Bob Goff, Chris Marlow, Jen Hatmaker and Ann Lamott to name a few…….

To paraphrase and combine what all of them have said, I’m going to attempt this year (and I’d encourage you to as well) to put all of those New Years Resolutions into two main, as Ann Voskamp says, Re-Soulutions.

Re-Soul – Love God and listen to him more.   This involves less noise, less me and more Him.   Oh and when you or I listen to God, we should also do what He says.

Remember what Bob Goff said and the title of his book?  “Love Does.”  Live your life with more love.  Live your life with the knowledge that there are many around you who are hurting, who are feeling alone, who are struggling.   Be the hands and feet of Jesus to those people.   Oh and because of the internet, those neighbors often right next door but they are also spread all over the world.

Love God and Listen to Him More.  And do what He says.

Love Others.

Try it this year.   I’m going to.

Tom