Ringing in the New

Last week, the Wall Street Journal carried three pieces that gave advice on making New Year’s resolutions. Most of the advice was common sensical; for example, if you make your vows public, you’re more likely to keep them.

Many of the ideas presented are applicable to spiritual resolutions. For instance, making manageable vows in the first place–like a reasonable amount of daily prayer–will allow one to keep them.

Also pertinent to both secular and religious life is the difficulty of governing our unruly inner lives. Whatever we decide to do for the sake of body and soul, the word, “resolution” is key. We need to resolve that we will change! —J. Douglas Ousley

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