Forgiving yourself is essential. There is a tendency in all of us to hold ourselves more accountable than we do others. Perhaps you have been one who can justify forgiving others, even for a heinous offense, yet you find no justification for forgiving yourself for an equal or lesser offense. Perhaps you believe that forgiving yourself is not even a consideration because you think you must hold yourself in a state of constant remembrance, lest you forget. Perhaps you believe there is a price, some form of life-long penance that you must pay.
The best resolutions are elastic—they cannot be broken with a single act. If you swear never to touch red meat, one burger ruins the resolution. If, on the other hand, you pledge to eat healthier food, each day you have a chance to fulfill the resolution anew. Below are five elastic spiritual resolutions that can carry you throughout the year.
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place whilea Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
Have you ever stopped to think about the deeper meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ? Although many people, even unbelievers, have heard the story of Jesus’ birth, its real significance may be missed because of that familiarity with the “story” aspect.
Not feeling that Christmas spirit?
As the holiday season draws near, addicts—those who are still active in addiction as well as those who are in recovery—experience a range of feelings and emotions. There’s the anxiety of dealing with our dysfunctional families, the memories of former holiday-induced relapses and the pressure of endless preparations. Perhaps we still wobble between addiction and recovery, wavering back and forth between sobriety and slipping. Some of us have lost our jobs and families while others are experiencing poverty, sickness or a general sense that as we come to the end of another year, there isn’t much worth celebrating.