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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday December 30 2000 HuHALDZRlTt INCJ Page 7A RELIGION Resolve to be a bar of soap TIM JUDKINS Meaningless and shallow goal setting gets old Every year its the same thing decide what I want to change or do differently and resolve to be more than I was or do more than Ive done Wheres the excitement in that The goals I set are generally noble and praiseworthy but lack pizzazz or depth Traditional New Years goals include good things like weight loss temper control family prioritization godliness and general philanthropy As admirable as these are they lack creativity Personally I prefer to make res olutions rather than goals Goals are finite arid limiting Resol utions are more demanding even if they are more difficult to mea sure I would rather resolve to be a generous person for example than make a goal of giving a spe cific amount of money to the charity of my choice Granted if I dont give more money to charity I doubt I am accomplishing my resolution If I do accomplish my resolution however more chari ties will receive more of my money during my lifetime than would happen if I simply doled out an amount for this year Instead of making a list of petty goals to accomplish in 2001 may I suggest something more chal lenging Resolve this year to be a bar of soap By making this your aim you can become more than you could have otherwise imag ined Consider what it means to be a bar of soap First soap has a spe cific purpose It is not manufac tured only to be placed on a shelf and admired Rather it is designed to be used by regularly facing the challenges of dirty bodies everywhere Second soap does not discrimi nate between attractive or unat tractive bodies or their respective parts Soap goes where it is directed and does its job wherever applied It functions as soap no matter where it slides Third and perhaps most note worthy soap that does its job never stays the same Applied soap inevitably changes and is a different shape the next time it is used Soap finds its worth in being altered to the point of invis ibility For a Christian to be a bar of soap it means that he needs to start being what he was designed to be Christianity is to be applied in the dirty world by those of us who claim to be Christs follow ers Christianity on the shelf is worthless in scrubbing away dirt Furthermore a Christian bar of soap does not discriminate its application It will lather up any dirty area and will work even harder in areas that demand more attention There is no room in Gods Kingdom for luxury gels and scented beads Finally Christian soap bars are constantly altered as they apply themselves to the dirt around them They are changed and in many ways they disappear in ful filling their Goddesigned task Becoming a sliver is a mark of maturity They rejoice in becom ing less while Christ and his Kingdom become more Applied Christianity alters both the applicator and the area to which it is applied Tim Judkins will be speaking on The Ultimate Resolution this Sunday at the Contemporary Worship celebration of First Protestant Spiritual growth tops many New Years resolutions lists BY McMiCHAEL Staff Writer While weight loss and healthier living are often high on the list of New Years resolutions spiritual growth remains the No 1 goal of many people for the year 2001 The same that has pro pelled holiday preppers out of healthy activities such as regular exercise and planned meals also has cramped spiritually healthy activities such as devotional time With New Years two days away local pastors commented on spiri tual resolutions and offer tips on how to keep them throughout the year Its good to reevaluate our said Pastor Gary Lange of Peace Lutheran Church Often at the first of the year its a time when we take stock of life once again whats happened in the past and we set some goals for the Ricky Oobert youth and recre ation minister at First Baptist Church has found that most Christians have a similar resolu tion or commitment for the new year Its setting aside time making it a priority of setting aside a per sonal time in the Word of God in prayer with the Lord In doing that you will be drawn closer to God and God will be drawn clos er to you he said Lange also noted the common desire I think probably for most Christians their resolution is more time for prayer and giving God time in terms of studying what the Scriptures say I think those are some of the major ones that I hear Our devotional life is sometimes shortchanged because were such busy Monsignor Edward Bily of Sts Peter and Paul Church suggested a regular family prayer time as a New Years resolution worth keeping Im always mentioning about families praying together because the slogan is The family that prays together stays Bily said Read a portion of the Bible daily pray daily to keep your soul from evil pray for peace to keep the world from vio lence and crime pray and also work 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