I wanted so badly to make a really snarky post about why I don’t like New Year’s day or a lot of holidays really. Frankly, I’m becoming enamored of the Jehovah’s Witness idea of not celebrating holidays. No, I don’t embrace anything else of the Jehovah’s Witness; I’m weary of holidays. Grandparents Day?
But I’m going to keep this post edifying — I hope.
I was reading John Piper’s website, as I have for years, and I guess I missed today’s commentary when it was originally posted in 2007. So glad he posted it again. The resolutions are wonderful. I won’t list them all here, but I do want to mention one:
3. I shall not fall into the falsehood that this day, or any day, is merely another ambiguous and plodding twenty-four hours, but rather a unique event, filled, if I so wish, with worthy potentialities.
I have a friend, Tammi, who thinks holidays are wonderful, but then just about every day is a celebration to her. She loves life and people in a way that I just thought I did. Her door is open to anyone and she embraces all comers. I admire her big heart. We should all be this willing to love people. But most people aren’t like Tammi. Most people don’t hang out with the Lord. For most people the holidays are about a show that makes them high so they can affirm that they’re good people, worthy people, good sons or daughters, or husband or wives, or mothers or fathers, or lovers or whatever. Or it’s to forget how boring their lives are. Or both. I think one reason I am so put out with holidays is not just that so many people do this (yes, I’ve been guilty of it too), but that somehow we’re all supposed to act like that’s not what’s really going on. I hate that. I hate game playing. I hate it when people pretend.
So where’s the edifying part? Well, I could have written about how I hate New Year’s resolutions. Seriously, the edifying part is that we need to hang out with the Lord more. When we hang out with the Almighty, everyday is a holiday, my friend.
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