Thought for the Week: The Rev Canon Graham Owen
‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions’
This little quotation is not a very promising start to the year. But, have you made your new year’s resolutions yet? Or more to the point have you broken them yet?
Are you one of the countless millions of people who resolve to try to do better this year? Is it to cut down on the beer and fags, eat more sensibly, take regular exercise, spend more time with the family and so on. Yet we know that most of these good intentions will last just a few days, or at the best a few weeks.
So, is it really worth the effort? We are still the same people that we were in 2014. It really does take a great deal more time and trouble to move things on in our lives than making a few new year’s resolutions.
Help is at hand. There are groups to help you stop smoking, lose weight, improve parenting. Great! Let get on with it - remember that other little saying ‘God helps those who help themselves’.
At Christmas time Christians look back to the birth of Jesus. So it is just as important for us to face yesterday as it is tomorrow. If we don’t, our resolutions won’t last.
January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, since he looks backwards and forwards. So we need to look back on last year, think about what is possible, and don’t make unrealistic resolutions for 2015. We need to face the new year honestly, not with rose-tinted specs or seeing shadows everywhere that might be painful.
Last year might have been one you don’t want to remember or perhaps to was so good you’re now worried that it can’t continue.
Whatever the last year has held, spend a bit of time remembering. As much as we might want this year to be a completely new start, it doesn’t start in a vacuum, it follows what’s been. If we do that, then we might
make our resolutions last the whole year. Good luck!