by Claire Chinn, Minister of Children and Missions
It is that time of year when we all start talking about New Year ‘s resolutions—we talk about getting in shape, eating better, spending less money on things, and spending more time with family. We speak in grandiose terms of how this next year is going to be the best year we have ever had.
Don’t get me wrong. All those things are great—but after spending plenty of time with children, I have learned something different about New Year’s resolutions. I have learned that maybe we should be making a New Day resolution. Perhaps instead of making these big sweeping statements that you are going to eat a kale salad every day for the next year, we should try to wake up each and every day with the idea today- this day is going to be the best ever.
Next time you have the attention of a young elementary student, ask them what they did over the weekend. Ask them about their summer vacation. Then ask them what they plan on doing next month. My guess is that they will tell you these grand stories of playing with friends or how much fun they had playing with their cousins at their grandparents' house. Then I would expect you would be met with a blank stare when you ask them about something months in the future.