Iron will to keep res­o­lu­tions

David Jones on the dif­fi­cul­ties in stick­ing to New Year’s res­o­lu­tions and the sup­port that can be found within church com­mu­ni­ties

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

HOW are your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions go­ing? Ac­cord­ing to lat­est polls, by the mid­dle to end of Jan­uary most of us seem to have called it a day and slowly, de­spite our best ef­forts, we’re back to square one be­fore we re­alise it.

I sup­pose that if we have any hope of keep­ing those well-in­tended res­o­lu­tions, we need some­thing near­ing an iron will and of­ten it’s just not there.

I have ev­ery ad­mi­ra­tion for those who do suc­ceed. Most, so we are told, are those who get their fam­ily and friends around them to en­cour­age and sup­port or who join one of the many sup­port groups which keep us in line, es­pe­cially when we are count­ing the calo­ries or giv­ing up some­thing that we know is not good for our health. That’s a good strat­egy be­cause there is, af­ter all, more strength in num­bers.

It’s the same when it comes to faith. We may be re­solved to fol­low the Chris­tian way of life but it’s never easy when we don’t have the sup­port and help of oth­ers.

When our faith is flag­ging or the ups and downs of life take their toll we need the friend­ship, love and sup­port of those who will get along­side and give us the con­fi­dence that we are not alone.

The early church was marked by a strong sense of fel­low­ship and care, es­pe­cially for those in need, so much so that peo­ple out­side were of­ten amazed and de­clared “See how these Chris­tians love one an­other”.

The church has many faults be­cause it is made up of im­per­fect peo­ple, yet those who al­ways help and sup­port each other are seek­ing to fol­low the ex­am­ple of Je­sus and live out his love in their lives.

This Christ­mas churches and chapels will have wel­comed many visi­tors and friends who came along to sing the car­ols and to take in the at­mos­phere which is uniquely Christ­mas. Hav­ing sung the songs and heard again the fa­mil­iar story of the shep­herds and wise men, what bet­ter res­o­lu­tion at the be­gin­ning of a new year than to re­turn again and to be­come part of a com­mu­nity of faith where to­gether we sup­port each other and learn more of the Christ whose ways of gen­tle­ness and peace bring hope to our dark and of­ten fright­en­ing world.

The Apos­tle Paul de­clared that he was “re­solved” to learn more of Je­sus – and that’s the best res­o­lu­tion of all!

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