My ‘Pause for Thought’ Broadcast on BBC Radio Devon 2nd January 2018
New Year is full of the possibility of new beginnings. Many of us will have made New Year resolutions. The more cynical amongst us may have decided to give the whole idea away. If you are one of these you may consider yourself a realist, having learned by bitter experience how hard it is to maintain resolutions!
Some years ago the charity Mind urged people not to feel they must start the New Year armed with resolutions for self-improvement. The mental charity said resolutions which focus on issues such as the need to lose weight or job worries create a negative self-image. And if the plans fail to materialise, that could trigger feelings of failure and inadequacy.
Instead of making a New Year’s resolution, they urged us to think more positively about the year to come and to take a few steps to improve all-round mental health, including: being active, going green, learning something new and giving back something to the community.
As Christians we have just celebrated God’s great resolution. God resolved, in his infinite wisdom and love, to break into the world of human existence. God became uniquely one with creation through the birth of Jesus Christ – God with us.
It is from this foundation of love that that I hope I will seek to be more active this year, improve my green activities, learn something new and continue to serve people with joy.