The presents have been opened (and, in many cases, returned or exchanged). The last of the turkey has been consumed. The family members have returned to their respective homes. As Don Meredith once said, "Ain't nothin' as over as Christmas." I hope that each of you had a wonderful experience.
Now we turn our attention to the new year that lies just around the corner. Many of us are thinking, "This year, I'm going to...." You can fill in the blanks. "Write the great American novel." "Live within my means." "Be a better person." "Lose weight." Resolutions abound, although the resolve to carry them out might be short-lived.
Wanting to be better, to do better, is one of the characteristics of mankind. We recognize our imperfections and shortcomings. Even the worst of us has the ability to discern right from wrong, good from bad. It's doing something about it that is the challenge.
May the new year be full of possibilities for each of you, and may you take full advantage of them. I encourage you to set your course according to the leadership of your Creator, so that your actions will show Him to those around you. That's my wish for you and for myself. Happy New Year.