Friday, December 30, 2016

"In 2017, I resolve to..."

Welcome back, and Happy New Year! 

So I don’t know if this applies to you, but according to many sources, the average American, gains 5-7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That undoubtedly explains why the top three New Year’s resolutions for 2017 are weight related: 

1. Diet or eat healthier (71%)

2. Exercise more (65%)

3. Lose weight (54%)

4. Save more and spend less--(32%)

5. Learn a new skill or hobby (26%)

6. Quit smoking (21%)

7. Read more (17%)

8. Find another job (16%)

9. Drink less alcohol (15%)

10. Spend more time with family and friends (13%)

I think the idea of a New Year’s resolution is excellent! The ability to assess ourselves and our weaknesses, and how we need to improve our lives, is a uniquely human one. Even the most advanced animals are not able to able to say “How can I be a better monkey?” And if you look at this top ten list a second time, you see a real desire to improve oneself—something which is surely a noble goal. 

Look carefully once more at this list. 

All are excellent goals—but it strikes me that they are all related to SELF-improvement, with the emphasis on self alone. I’d like to suggest one of the most noble of goals for all of us this 2017 is what can we do to help OTHERS.  I am eager to see our service club get cranked up this semester with Mr. Scimeca—-let’s do some great work for this community. We’ve been so blessed. And I am excited for pro-life March at the end of the month—let’s go and stand proudly for life and be a witness to others in this nation, and let’s also find practical, concrete ways we can help pregnant mothers, and support elderly and sick people.  

I imagine most of us received some pretty amazing Christmas presents on December 25. But when God made us, he did something pretty cool. He designed us to be HAPPIEST OF ALL when we are giving, not receiving. Let’s work in 2017 to make other people happy, to serve them—and the great thing about that, through this law of spiritual physics, we’ll be happier too. 

Let St. Michael become, borrowing the slogan for the United States Navy, a “ force for good” in the life of Baldwin County. 

May God bless all of you, and bless St. Michael in 2017. 

1 comment:

Sally McKinney said...

Great message. I have always believed that if you take from the community, you must give back to the community. Other than being with family, helping others has given me the greatest joy over the years. We need to instill that into our youth. Thank you for making that one of the goals of St. Michael High School. Continued success in 2017.