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Weekend Thought, by Ray Delaney

Bah, humbug. Ebenezer Scrooge’s famous expletive is often repeated at this time of year.

I feel this way about new year’s resolutions. It seems to me that if you want to put things right or turn over a new leaf, why wait until New Year’s Day to do it?

There is a well-used phrase that tells us “it’s hard to be good”.

The great apostle Paul knew this. To his Christian friends in Rome, he wrote: “For what I do is not the good I want to do; not the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing.”

He recognised that sin was at work in him.

A teacher of the law asked Jesus what was the most important commandment.

Jesus replied that it was to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”.

The second is: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” This is completely understandable to me.

Frank Sinatra used to sing “I did it my way” but a lot of us can behave like that.

Paul knew that the answer to his problem was Jesus. We can search for spiritual or moral guidelines – Jesus is the gold standard.

A children’s chorus starts with the line: “Christ is the answer to my every need.”

The New Testament exhorts us to fix our thoughts on Jesus and to fix our eyes on him.

Yes, we can have resolutions. Perhaps better a revolution and revelation to give us purpose and direction.

May 2015 be a year of change, joy and peace for each of us. God bless us, everyone.

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