This week a great many of us are making commitments for the New Year. Why now? It is a time we choose to begin again. Some of us made brand new commitments based in another calendar a few months ago. We can ask: how are we doing with those? We can recommit ourselves to the ones we have yet to fulfill.
Making new commitments also means, for many of us, making room for those commitments to become spiritual habits. It is really easy to never fulfill a commitment to welcoming strangers if we don’t actually make room in our lives to go out and meet strangers and welcome them into our hearts and wherever we live. Or we might do that once, find it a lot of work, and be distracted and busy in our lives and find ourselves at the end of another year, not even remembering we had made the commitment to welcome strangers in the first place.
Many New Year’s resolutions focus on health and fitness. To fulfill those resolutions, we have to make room in our lives to change how we eat or to take time to exercise. We also set small goals to achieve those larger ones. We find friends who have the same commitments and we encourage each other.
Spiritual commitments becoming spiritual disciplines becoming spiritual habits work the same way. We have to make room for the changes, set small goals to achieve the larger ones, and have friends for courage. What spiritual commitments are you making for 2012? Will you welcome strangers every day? Will you feed more hungry people? Will you visit the sick or imprisoned? How many? How often? How bold will you be in spirit in 2012?