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My COVID-19 Resolutions

New Year’s Day 2020 has come and is now long gone and once again many of us who took time to make those pesky New Year’s resolutions are now looking back and asking ourselves why. As we all know, making them and adhering to them is never the same and is never quite so simple. To achieve any worthwhile goal will always require making some kind of earnest sacrifice.  Maybe that’s why I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. But, if I were to make one, it would most likely be the same resolution that I try to live by every day of my life.

Whenever I place my vanity and the riches of the world at or near the top of my own value system, I’ve generally discovered that whatever I gain never seems to be enough. I always seem to expect more from myself. Whether my goal was to lose weight or earn more money or help more people, it usually makes no difference.

Truth be told, in the end and with my last breath on this earth, my last thoughts will surely not be about the amount of weight that I lost or how much younger that I looked or the size of my bank account. It will hopefully be all about the people that I loved and cared about, and the people who loved me and cared about me; therefore, it might just behoove me to consider them a bit more important right now, don’t you think?

I have read about and known men and women who said, as they approached their “end of days,” that they wished that they’d spent more time with their families. (Well I guess we all are working on that for a while, aren’t we?) Conversely, I’ve never met a single person who stated that they had spent too much time with family; and I’ve never seen a U-Haul filled with possessions in a funeral procession.

So I guess my COVID-19 resolutions will remain the same as they were yesterday and the week before and even last year and will continue to be even after the crisis passes.  I’ll try not to fall into the trap of self-aggrandizement or of seeking the short-term glitter laden pleasures of this world, but strive to remain faithful to my duty to God and my country, to mankind and to you my fellow warriors and family by remaining faithfully anchored in prayer, God’s word and the continued service of others. You see, by doing so, you and I will be truly amazed at just how much that will ultimately result in our building and maintaining incredible relationships with others.

I wish that I could say that I have this down pat, but of course, I’m far from it. I only walk on water when it rains or in the shower (and occasionally very carefully when it is frozen), and that’s okay, because this attitude of service is, I pray, becoming a daily habit. And as we all know, your habits define your character and your character eventually exhibits just who you really are.

All to say this, I hope that you find true joy this year and that you all receive the greatest blessings throughout the entire year and experience the love of God in its purest form.

Semper Fidelis

Ray Fairman, Chaplain                                                                                                                                   





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