There have been many times in my life in which I knew that I was supposed to do something but I did not.
I kept putting it off saying, “I will do that tomorrow.”
Days, months, and perhaps even years would pass, and the longer I waited the harder it always became to do what I knew should have been done a long time ago.
Sometimes we have a family member with whom we have not kept in touch.
Perhaps we live in the past and do not appreciate the persons, places, or things that are presently in our lives.
Maybe we have not endeavored to overcome the worst of the vices which have pervaded our souls.
Whatever the case may be, the solution to our problems is to face what we fear and to achieve now what we would wish to accomplish if we did not have tomorrow.
A new year is about to dawn upon us.
I am reminded of what Anne of Green Gables said:
“Tomorrow is new day with no mistakes in it yet.”
Let us keep it that way as much as possible, and strive to become now the better people whom God wishes us to become.
With the advent of a new year, most people make sublunary resolutions which have hardly any depth to them.
They decide that they will lose weight, get a better job, have more friends, or become the next Adele.
Let us resolve to do better than that!
Let us find out what, as Father Faber says in his book, Growth in Holiness, our ruling passion is and conquer it.
It is written in the book of Proverbs that:
“The patient man is better than the valiant: and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh cities.”
Therefore, let us make a firm resolution this year to find and to fight our primary vice with the veracity of a lion, the stratagem of a snake, and the simplicity of a dove.
If we unceasingly struggle against our greatest fault, we will soon be amazed at the difference that one year, one month, or even one day can make for the betterment of our souls and the glory of God!
Finally, with the coming year quickly approaching, let us firmly implant these thoughts upon our minds:
Never put off until tomorrow what we can do today.
Today is the only day we have, so we need to live in the present.
We should make the most of what we have rather than bemoan what is not ours.
And last, but certainly most important of all, let us make this firm resolution:
Let us become now the saints which we would want to be tomorrow!