Let me wish all of you a happy and blessed New Year. Hopefully this blog will bring some of you peace of mind. But first, let me tell you a true story.
As you may or may not know, fishing happens to be my favorite pastime. Over the years, you develop some lasting and genuine friendships as you meet up with the same people in the same fishing spots that you go to. One winter day, I ventured out to one of those fishing spots: the mouth of Trout Run, a tributary of Lake Erie. The lake was just starting to freeze up, so fishing on the ice was out of the question. However, at the mouth of the creek, there was a small opening that went into the lake, allowing some of us to fish in very close quarters.
With currents flowing, there were times when lines would cross, making for some nasty conversation. Jim was fishing next to me, and after our lines crossed a few times, we both erupted into a heated conversation. The situation led to both of us not speaking to each other on ensuing trips to fish.
It was uncomfortable for both of us, and it was also obvious to the people we fished with. You see, Jim and I always had been on good speaking terms. Whose fault was it, I really do not know.
Well, one day while I was parking my car at the fishing hole, who pulled up but Jim? He parked his car, I looked at him, he looked at me and I said, “Let’s bury the hatchet!” We figuratively threw the hatchet to the ground and stomped on it.
What happened next was very spiritual. All the anger and anxiety was drained from my person and I surely believe it was the same for Jim. I believe at that moment we had peace of mind.
So what does this story have to do with New Year’s resolutions? Simply this: In your life, there may be someone that you may have offended or who may have offended you. Reach out to that person and renew the friendship. Believe me, it will give both of you peace of mind and will be the best New Year’s resolution you make.
Happy New Year!!! Peace!! Shalom!!