‘Up’lifting thoughts offered for new year
By: Dr. David Russell
The Messenger. 01.03.08
By DR. DAVID RUSSELL
Special to The Messenger
I like a list of resolutions prepared by the Rev. Walter Schoedel; he calls them “7-UPS for the New Year.”
The first is WAKE-UP — Begin the day with the Lord. It is His day. Rejoice in it.
The second is DRESS-UP — Put on a smile. It improves your looks. It says something about your attitude.
The third is SHUT-UP — Watch your tongue. Don’t gossip. Say nice things. Learn to listen.
The fourth is STAND-UP — Take a stand for what you believe. Resist evil. Do good.
Five, LOOK-UP — Open your eyes to the Lord. After all, He is your only Savior.
Six, REACH-UP — Spend time in prayer with your adorations, confessions, thanksgivings and supplications to the Lord.
And finally, LIFT-UP — Be available to help those in need — serving, supporting and sharing.
Why do we bother to make New Year’s resolutions in the first place? Why do we feel this need each Jan. 1 to set new goals?
Maybe it is because resolutions help us to identify our priorities. They answer the question: “How do I want to invest my time, energy, money and talents in this new year?”
The new year reminds us that time is passing.
It is up to each of us to maximize the potential of every moment.
Editor’s note: Dr. David Russell is pastor of Union City First United Methodist Church.