How do we define success in our lives? What compels us to move forward each day? The Solemnity of the Epiphany which we celebrated yesterday serves to remind each of us that we have treasures to offer. These treasures may not be financial in nature, but may simply be the gift of our time, the gift of our prayers, the gift of walking in solidarity with someone who is suffering. Are we adding value to the lives of others?
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world." That leads me to ask a few more questions. Are we allowing fear to keep us from living our Christian pilgrimage with vigor? Are we scared of what people will think if we openly live our faith on a day-to-day basis? What will others say if I pray before eating my meal in a restaurant? Will I be ridiculed if I stand up for Christian principles during a conversation?
We have entered a new year. Along with this new year can come new hopes, new dreams, and a fresh start. New Year's Resolutions tend to go by the wayside pretty quickly for a majority of people. I want to encourage you to set some realistic goals for your resolutions. What do you want your prayer life to look like by the end of 2015? What acts of service will you engage in during the course of the year? What type of advocacy endeavors will you pursue? What will you study? Write these goals down and hold yourself accountable. Our spiritual journey is much more important than a 2,495 basketball game winning streak. We are talking about eternal life.
May 2015 be a year of great holiness and grace for each of you.
"Try not to become a man of success, but rather to become a man of value."