You did it!  You made it through another year.

I have no way of knowing if 2011 was a great year for you or a terrible year, but one thing I know for sure, as of midnight tonight it’s over.  2012 may be a turning point for you, or it may not.  Depending on where you stand today, I can’t say which choice you’d make.  But for good or bad, 2011 is in the books.  We can’t change it now.

Tomorrow many of us will make New Year’s resolutions.  Come February 1, we’ll either be well on the way to achieving our goals or we may be saying “What resolutions?”  Whatever we do, it’s pretty much up to us.  Since last spring I made it a point to ride my bicycle at least 25 miles two time each week.  Then November came and the weather didn’t cooperate.  Then I fell off a ladder and that put the kibosh on my riding.  Now it’s January.  I missed a potentially good bike riding year by just two months.

Here’s the thing.  As I write this I’m looking at a perfectly good stationary bike sitting in my office.  I can ride it on cold days or rainy days and until my ribs heal up, I can ride it for ten minutes several times a day.  So far, I’ve  not done that.  Will I change in 2012?  I hope so.

Whatever it is that you want to achieve in the new year, don’t forget to include God in your plans.  Jesus said if we have faith the size of a mustard seed we can move mountains.  So have faith!  Ask God to help you.  Author Matthew Kelly suggests this prayer:  “Lord, show me what I can do today to make me a better version of myself.”

Getting  back on the bike, stationary or otherwise, will definitely make me a better version of myself.  If I remind myself that God wants me to be in better shape, that should help me get off the couch.  Better health, lower blood sugar, longer life, these things should be motivation enough.  But personally, I need God’s help.  Chances are you do too.

Whatever it is that you want to do in 2012, include God in your plans and you’ll be surprised how well things will work out.  Remember that God created you as a unique individual.  There’s never been another person exactly like you and there never will be again.  He wants you to be the best you that you can be.

PS.  If you’d like a free copy of Matthew Kelly’s book Rediscovering Catholicism, check the link in the right hand column of this blog.

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