On with the new | Pastor Talk – Chico Enterprise-Record


It doesn’t make much sense to drag our old unfinished business into the new year — especially the likes of 2020. We especially don’t want to keep up any old feelings that continue to drag us down. That means we’ll have to put on our mental hip boots and wade out a little deeper into muddy waters to gain clarity as to what the past year has taught us. I’m hoping that a majority agrees to do a better job of knowing when to mindfully compromise, when to keep our mouths shut and how best to open our listening heart. This possibly means radical change.

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul writes that when we’re children we act like children, talk like them, think like them. Eventually, we “grow up,” which doesn’t necessarily mean we grow wiser. There’s a part of us that often wants to cling to common habits and lifestyles. It’s almost as though we’re saying, life’s gotta change — not my life or the way I live it. But let’s face it. In order for the child to become a mature adult, the child must put aside childish ways. Children tend to fuss and squirm, forget to take out the trash.

To gain wisdom requires we be still, observe and listen.  And yes, it takes time. James Clear points out in his book, “Atomic Habits,” every improvement we say we want to make in our lives takes more energy than staying the way we’ve always been or done things. That’s one reason making new year’s resolutions don’t always work. They require more energy to fulfill and become obstacles instead of benefits.

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For example, checking our internet devices is easy. Takes little energy.  We can eat a bag of popcorn at the same time. Dieting requires a whole lot of energy. It requires learning new food choices, creating wiser, healthier menus, exercise routines and sticking to them. Which do you find easier to do? That determines the success of each resolution you make. Clear suggests we think instead of “who we want to become” in 2021 rather than stress over what we want to accomplish. And it feels good to recite your own choices. For instance: ‘I delight knowing the Power of Life within keeps me on target to be the best me in all that I do. Two-thousand twenty is old news. I’m on target with 2021.

The Rev. Patricia Ballard is pastor of the Oroville Center for Spiritual Living



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