It seems as though there is always something entertaining happening at the Kinney house. This year on New Year’s Day we were awakened by our son excitedly shouting this question: “WHAT’S YOUR NEW YEARS REVOLUTION!?”
We laughed and tried to correct his mistake, but who are we kidding? Our kids have made variations to names and phrases all throughout their lives. Here are a few:
- strawbabies (strawberries)
- gooey trucks (cement trucks)
- the Specific Ocean (Pacific Ocean)
- and even a new phrase “Of coursely!”
When you think about revolution versus resolution, maybe revolution really is a better fit for the restart we do at the beginning of each New Year.
: the usually violent attempt by many people to end the rule of one government and start a new one
: a sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, work, etc.
: the action of moving around something in a path that is similar to a circle
This definition rings true for many things that we have come to know and feel these past few days and weeks. Do you feel “ruled” by things, events, or feelings? Aren’t most of the resolutions we make extreme? I think it’s interesting how revolution also means to move around something in a path similar to a circle.
This brings to mind two things for me. First, we are creatures of habit and do this revolution thing around the same time every year. And second, but more importantly; as the body of Christ, we must circle around those hurting and support them as Christ brings hope and comfort to all of us. Lamentations 3: 22-24 says, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion’, says my soul, therefore I will hope in Him.”
Mrs. Lydia Kinney is the LCS school nurse. If you have questions for Lydia, feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.