Almost everyone is thinking of the New Year and especially New Year's Eve: where to celebrate, how to celebrate, with whom to celebrate, and perhaps less importantly, their resolution for the New Year. For many reasons, this year should be about commitments, not resolutions. It should be about commitments to our principles and ideals, to our Constitution and its First Amendment, to our families, to ourselves, and most importantly, to our country and its citizens. It also should be about commitments to the world in which we live, and to the infants being born every minute. The goal should be a commitment to the highest possible principles for our world, for our country, and for our lives. When we commit to a higher standard, we are significantly less likely to compromise when circumstances become difficult. Compromise occurs most frequently when we exist at the level of status quo because when challenged, we take the easy route. The easy route requires us to relinquish a piece of who we are and of the ideals we affirm.
What is it that you desire for our world in 2016? Do you desire peace? A greater acknowledgement of the God of all creation? A commitment to honesty and integrity? A pluralistic world in which all are acknowledged and respected, yet inspired to a unifying greatness? God's desire is for us to have all of the above. We should not have to pick and choose among the best that the world has to offer. We should aspire to have the best of everything. Eventually, we will indeed have the best of everything though perhaps not in 2016. Perhaps it will take a little more than twelve months for us to arrive at a better place. Most importantly, irrespective of what we encounter in the coming year, we will need to commit to a refusal to remain or become enslaved either in body, mind or spirit. May 2016 be the year in which you become a freed spirit!
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