FROM THE PULPIT: Failing allows us to grow stronger in our faith

Published: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 01:24 PM.

We are now one week into the new year. How well have you done with your New Year's resolutions? So far, so good?

Or have guilty feelings crept in because some promises fell by the wayside?

If I may boast, I have stuck to each and every one of mine. That's because I did not make any New Year's resolutions; therefore, I have none to keep.

It is easy to stick to something you haven’t promised to do.

If you didn’t promise to lose the 10 pounds gained over the holidays, there's no guilt when it doesn’t happen — and only joy if it does.

If you didn't promise to exercise every morning, there's no guilt when you roll out of bed, read the paper and head to the day's events — but it's great if you take the stairs or find other ways to be more active.

Promises not made cannot be broken. But a life without goals or aims can become rather boring and stagnant. The human mind and body need something new for which to strive. Without such a thing, one, or both, will cease to work properly.

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