WRITTEN FOR BFF 153 ~ MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
I resolve to LOVE more…
1 Corinthians 13
New International Version (NIV)
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
My Grandmother had an expression that I think of often. She used to say that “It doesn’t cost a dime to be decent”. In today’s world, it is common for persons to speak their mind. Personally, I’m all for speaking my mind, however, that does not give me the right to hurt another person. A point of view can be stated without condemning another person for not thinking the exact way that I think. Along the same vein, I would add that it costs nothing to love, but the return is priceless.
My Mother used to tell me that if I couldn’t say anything nice, then say nothing at all. I forgot that for a while… I’m sorry. Sorry enough that I have repented for several months now. I am happier being “decent”. My tongue has been bruised a few times as I bite back a retort. Mostly, retorts are not necessary. Just move on…nothing to see here folks…
Mom also taught me the Golden Rule. I could recite the Golden Rule from memory by the time I was 4 years old.
I believe that I was given a good moral foundation. I strayed for a time, but I resolve to be better.
So…my resolutions for 2012 are these:
1. I resolve to be patient and kind
2. I resolve to be humble, without envy or pride
3. I resolve to treat other people with respect
4. I resolve to not be self seeking or to be easily angered
5. I will not keep track of wrongs, but instead, forgive quickly
6. I resolve to delight in truth and to avoid evil
7. I resolve to remember to always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere for those I love.
8. I resolve to be ever reminded that everything comes down to faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.
9. Last, but not least…I resolve to live by the Golden Rule.
Mostly, it comes easy to me to Love and treat others as I like to be treated, but 2012 is an election year, which will make it a little hard. I should attach one more resolution to stay out of political debates, but I’m afraid I will break that one. So, let me say that I will try really hard to stay out of political discussions and please forgive me if I fail…
Happy New Year my friends!