Don't give up

A few "New Year's resolutions" have been violated, broken or even abandoned by now. This seems to be the natural tendency for most of us. We have good intentions, we try, we fail once or twice and say, "What's the use, I can't do it." It is likely that the only people who don't know what we are talking about are those who have not made any resolutions.

If we think of ourselves like little children who are just learning to walk we have a good analogy. When they fall down they get up and try again. They have more and more success as they keep trying. They keep getting better. We have a dear friend who fell a week ago. He is in a transitional care center taking some physical therapy. At 91 years of age he could say "forget the therapy." The physical therapists are giving him a good work out. Maybe we could use someone to push us a little harder.

We could find someone we trust and share our 2013 resolutions. We could ask each other weekly or even daily if they are doing their desire. Physically, we want to eat, drink and exercise properly. Mentally, we want to stay active by reading, learning, reviewing and practicing what we believe to be right. Emotionally we want to stay joyful, prayerful and thankful. If we integrate all of the above, life will be much more fun and enjoyable. Not if, but when we stumble or fail we can get up and keep trying.

Some of us are not young anymore. We still need to keep moving forward. Personally, I need Bible reading, prayer, giving, serving, loving and encouraging to feel alright about myself. When we fail, asking God's forgiveness, perhaps someone else's forgiveness or simply apologizing and we are on our way again. A great big hug can be great to give, or receive, or both.

One or two weeks are gone. Fifty plus weeks before 2014.

For the 2013 Club, Jan. 27 takes us to Exodus 15 and Matthew 19.

Let's go for it.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.

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