7 Up plus One

I like a list of resolutions prepared by the Rev. Walter Schoedel. He calls them’7-UPS for the New Year.’ No, this has nothing to do with the soft drink. These7-UPS fall under the heading of attitudes and actions.

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.

If you’re going to make New Year’s resolutions this year, let me suggest Rev. Schoedel’s list.

Why do we bother to make New Year’s resolutions in the first place? Why do we feel this need each January 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. 2016 is a very important year for Trinity. May our eighty resolution be to give and do all we can so Trinity can glorify God as we make NEW disciples so we can change the world.
See you in Church and may you receive the Holy Spirit.