Treasuring relationships

January 08, 2018 at 6:00 AM

IMG_6539.jpgSo often New Year's resolutions are concrete, but Dr. Wrede Vogel approaching his resolution this year in a different way.   (File photo)

Treasuring relationships

By Dr. Wrede Vogel

OK, I know this is an old, worn out subject to discuss on the first week of January. But, I don’t think I’ve ever written about New Year’s resolutions.

I have, however, made many New Year’s resolutions – many more than what I have ever kept. The thought I would like to share with you is how the nature of my resolutions are changing.

I know some of my faults that have persisted for many years. I still should reduce my weight, exercise more faithfully, clean out my closets, etc. Those are still worthwhile changes to make, but somehow these concrete issues in my life have become less important than some of my more subjective shortcomings.

My resolution for this coming year has more to do with not taking for granted some of the greatest blessings God has given me. Specifically, I want to be more intentional about the lives and relationships with which I have been blessed.

This year in particular, I have been struck with how fragile lives and relationships can be. A lifelong friend and mentor passed away; I witnessed the pain caused when the commitment of marriage is broken; and I've seen how deep is the grief of burying a grandchild.

I want to do a better job of treasuring each one God has placed in my life.

Along with these thoughts, I will wish you all a very happy and blessed new year.

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