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Friday, 01 January 2021 07:00

It's 2021 - What will happen?

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Are you thinking about making any New Year’s Resolutions for 2021? Just thinking about it brings a wry smile to my face – because 2020 sure did not turn out the way any of us expected. Perhaps we have unfulfilled hopes, dreams and resolutions from 2020. There was much written during the year in 2020 about using it as a time to nurture our journey with God, and regardless of whether we were able to respond to those invitations or not, a new year always seems to bring a chance to make a fresh start. It can focus us and encourage us to consider where we are headed, and what we might want to put in place to help us to get there.

Perhaps your experience of 2020 makes you tentative to make any resolutions for this year – but I believe that making resolutions with God are a little different because they are about responding to a desire to grow in relationship with him. Even if the year is unknown for us at this stage (whether that is related to the pandemic or not) , making resolutions with God is about asking God to journey beside us in our year, whatever that may bring.

One way I have found it helpful to consider my own journey with God and the goals or resolutions I would like to make is to consider 4 categories - DAY, WEEK, MONTH, YEAR.

in other words, what is God inviting me to do each day, what is God inviting me to do once a week, what is God inviting me to do once a month and what is God inviting me to do at some stage in the year?

Here are some examples – but be as wild and creative as you like – some of the examples below may even fit different categories for you.

Before you start, the most important thing to remember is that you decide on these with God – how does he want to draw you closer to his heart?

EACH DAY

  • Commit to praying – 10 minutes, 30 minutes, one hour – the choice is yours
  • Read the scriptures
  • Pray a rosary
  • Write a list of things you are grateful for
  • Pray the examen

EACH WEEK

  • Do some Spiritual Reading
  • Attend a weekday Mass (pending restrictions)
  • Spend some time in Adoration

EACH MONTH

  • Take a half day/full day to dedicate to prayer – go somewhere quiet and relaxing to seek God
  • Spend some time praying creatively – music, art, dance and more
  • Have Spiritual Direction

IN THE YEAR

  • Go on a retreat for a weekend or longer if you can

So spend some time in the coming days making some resolutions for your 2021 with God – and don’t forget he will surprise you and be with you in unexpected ways as well

Mel Edwards