Christmas is behind us and soon we will be celebrating the beginning of a new year! New Year’s Eve will be here in just a few days and a lot of people are going to be spending time making New Year’s resolutions.
Resolutions like: exercise more, get fit, quit smoking, quit drinking, get organized, save more money, get out of debt, lose weight, use less profanity, and to be more patient.
We promise ourselves that this year we are going to do better. But the good thing about resolutions is they are symbols of what we want to accomplish. They are hopes and dreams we may or may not share with anyone else. Some years we’re better at fulfilling them than others.
Maybe you’ve made your list already. It may have the typical items that I listed above. You’ll try your best to at least work on them for a while, make an attempt to accomplish those goals. And those hopes might be there all year, showing up from time to time - like those charges on your cell phone from those apps you only used once or twice.
We have the best intentions, but we don’t always have the best follow through. Every year, though, around this time, we start to think about how we would like to live, and what we would like to exclude from our lives. But, often, there’s something we fail to include on our resolutions list.
Jesus, the son of God! Believe it or not He’s used to it. There’s a story in the book of Luke that explains why. Jesus is on a trip with his parents. He’s 12 years old, and it’s the Passover, so He’s gone with them to the Temple in Jerusalem to worship. At the end of the feast, His parents left with a large group. And they got about a day away, when they realized that they were living every parent’s nightmare: they had left their son back in Jerusalem.
Can you imagine the horror they must have felt? “ I thought you had him?” “No, I thought you had him!” They had to go back and check all the rest stops. And then they rushed back to the city and for three days, with no rest or sleep, they looked around Jerusalem. Checking the hotels, the restaurants everywhere … Finally, they went back to the Temple. And there was Jesus, all of 12 years old , sitting in the midst of the rabbis and scholars, asking questions and giving answers.
When His mother Mary sees Him, Scripture tells us that she asked, and I’m paraphrasing, “Why did you do this to us? Don’t you know that we were worried sick?” In other words, Mary sounded a lot like the mother of 12-yearolds everywhere. But Jesus calmly replied, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know I would be here in God’s house?
When we leave Jesus out of our yearly resolutions, in a way it’s the same as getting a day’s distance out of town and realizing that you forgot to bring Jesus along. You left Him somewhere in the past and you have no idea where. Let’s not make this our story. Let’s not just leave Him in the temple because that’s where He can be found. Don’t forget to take Him with you throughout this new year. Don’t forget God’s Son in 2021. God Bless you all!