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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2003        Thursday, January 2 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster Resolutions

Most likely very few make a written list, but as a habitue of a health or athletic club (as it calls itself), I'm well aware that New Years' resolutions are alive and thriving. In fact, without them I wonder if most such clubs would survive.

I usually "close" my club, meaning I go two hours before closing whether it's 10 (Monday through Friday) or 8 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays), leaving to return home just before the last stragglers do at or just after official closing. Last Friday may have been the sparsest-attended evening in the club's year. Saturday, which is usually sparse, showed an upswing, Sunday was still building, and by Monday the locker room was oppressively crowded. Maybe it was popular demand that caused the club owners to extend the posted New Years Eve closing time from 6 to 8 p.m. It was planning a closing time of 8 p.m. on New Years day, so I expect wall to wall people when I'm doing my pennance at that time.

Even if you're not a member of the Y or a private equivalent you are bombarded by many evidences of the power of resolutions at New Years in the form of commercials for Weight Watchers, Slim-Fast, and their competitors. Christmas and New Years fit together so well that the church fathers who chose the day a week before the launch of the civil calendar's first day to keep the Lord's birthday must have been divinely inspired. Not only does the Nativity feast abet the fitness and diet industries, the New Years celebrating seems to be just the right way to get over the holy night and/or consummerist glut and their conflicting emotions of great joy twinged with sorrow over everything from the mess humankind has gotten itself into to why you didn't get the Christmas present you most wanted and hinted for.

The Parade of Roses always helps me, too. Probably it's conditioning, having watched parts of the parade for some 50 years now, but nothing gets my house undecorating juices flowing better than the sight of 50-foot floats covered with flower petals wending their way down Colorado Avenue.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 Eight of 2002's top losers

1. WILL THE REAL DUMMY PLEASE STAND UP? AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership. They gave him a $26 million severance package. Could it be it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence?

2. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS: Police in Oakland, California spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, "Please come out and give yourself up."

—Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

Thought for the day

As you begin a new year, you may be painfully aware that you have failed your Lord in many ways. Perhaps you were not faithful. Perhaps you disobeyed His word to you. Perhaps you denied Him by the way you lived. Jesus will take you aside, as He did Peter (John 21). He will not berate you. He will not humiliate you. He will ask you to examine your love for Him. He asked Peter, "Do you love Me?" If your answer, like Peter's, is "Yes, Lord," He will reaffirm His will for you. If you truly love Him, you will obey Him (John 14:15). Jesus does not need your resolutions, your recommitments, or your promises to try harder this year. If your resolve to obey God last year did not help you to be faithful, it will not make you successful this year. Jesus asks for your love. If you truly love Him, your service for Him in the new year will be of the quality that He desires.

A. W. Tozer
Sent by Judy Martin

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