Saturday Spirit: Our life is our spiritual resumé
New Year's resolutions should probably be called New Year's Day resolutions since that is about how long most of them last.
It's not that the resolution idea is a bad one. Most resolutions call for people to lead healthier lives by watching what they eat, exercising and giving up bad habits such as smoking or excessive drinking. The problem lies in the "year" part.
Even when people give up something they like for Lent, the end is somewhere in sight. There is a big difference between the 40 days of Lent and the 365 of a new year. The time period for keeping up a good habit or giving up a bad one is a bit frightening, so most people's resolve dissolves.
And that's just talking about the most common type of resolutions - the ones which involve better physical health. Most people don't even try to make a resolution to lead a better life spiritually.
Instead of thinking about how much they will gain by serving God and others, they concentrate on what "fun" they might be missing. The prospect of living up to their new and improved spiritual life for an entire year is even more daunting than keeping healthy resolutions.
The truth is that God calls us all to lead holy lives no matter what our vocation may be. Even when we sin or fail to do what is right, that's fine. We don't even have to wait until the next day to start over. We can do that immediately.
After all, we must mold our lives to God's will day by day if we expect to remain with Him for eternity.
Our life is our spiritual resumé.