One month into the New Year, and already resolutions are being “excused.” The Cafe Baci on Hwy 41 north in Sarasota is known for its humorous signs on the outside billboard. Currently: “A New Year’s resolution is something which goes in one year and out the other.
In a classic Calvin and Hobbes cartoon, Hobbes asks Calvin, “Did you make any resolutions for the new year?” Calvin’s response is indicative of too many of us today:
“Heck no! I’m fine just the way I am! Why should I change? In fact, I think it’s high time the world started changing to suit me! I don’t see why I should do all the changing around here! If the New Year requires resolutions, I say it’s up to everyone else. Not me! I don’t need to improve. Everyone ELSE does.”
Could it be that it is this prevalent attitude on the part of so many in our world, in our country, and even in our community that is creating and nurturing a culture which is preventing us from having open and respectful dialogue which could lead to some sane and healthy solutions to the issues we face?
Is there no hope? Is there an alternative way to live which could save us and our world? Allow me some options:
- “LOVE your enemies”;
- “As far as possible, live peaceably with all”;
- “Serve one another, as I have come to serve you”;
- “The gifts of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”.
There IS another way! It must begin with you and me.