A New Resolution
A new year comes yet again and we resolve once more. This year I propose to you this: we need a new resolution because this may be the year you get cancer.
At year’s end, we are challenged to think back on it, the highs and lows, to reflect and to take the opportunity to make alterations and revisions for the year to come. Resolutions come in many forms, but the most common are health and lifestyle modifications:
How can I live a more healthy lifestyle?
I want to commit to pray for the health of my children.
I want to exercise more.
I just want my grandchildren to be healthy and happy.
But having struggled with the depths of sickness for four years now, I can no longer hang my new year’s resolutions on health, because, for me, that may never come.
Not that health is not important, but if we elevate health above all else, what happens when we get sick? If health is the most important thing to us, do we lose it all when we get the diagnosis? Are we considered a loss once we become disabled? Is there life after disease?
Because tragedy strikes. Because babies are born with heart defects that require surgeries, and moms die prematurely of cancer, and teenagers are shot in parks, and hit by stray bullets in cars, and children get brain tumors.
If health is our resolution, if health is all we want for our children, for our future, what are we left with when affliction comes?
I understand that I am afflicted with disease this year. No resolve on my part will change that. So this year, I resolve to:
- Live how I would have wished to have lived on the day that I die.
- Use my experiences to reach others who are going through similar ones and actually help them.
- Grow and learn and change.
Let us strive, not for health, but for wholeness.