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Christmas is over

Jimmy Cochran Columnist

  Christmas is over. The lights are turned off, decorations packed up and heading back to the attic. Weíre sick of turkey and dressing and casseroles. The kidís gifts have begun to lose a little of their appeal and newness. The stores and traffic are slowly returning to normal. Kroger and Publix have their valentine candy and cards out. Itís almost as if Christmas never occurred. Itís over. Except that somewhere deep inside you feel like something just isnít quite right. You might find yourself a bit snarkish with the family and friends when you donít mean to be. Itís hard to sit and watch a television program, or read a book, without feeling like there is something you must be doing. You find yourself hungry a lot of the time, but nothing seems to be what you want. Yep, Christmas is over, but the hurriedness and busyness is still with us.

  ďBe still, and know that I am God.Ē

  AndÖ.just as soon as Christmas is over we begin to realize how much weight weíve gained, debt we have incurred, sleep we lost, how little time we spent with our family and friends AND how much time we spent at office parties, church events, neighborhood gatheringsÖ..and we realize that something has to be done. Immediately. So, we launch into the whole New Year resolution mode to lose the weight and get into shape, pay off our credit cards and save money, catch up on our sleep and the family time we have lost.

  ďBe still, and know that I am God.Ē

  I have attempted the above resolutions more times than I can remember. And many others that would also fall by the wayside before the first week in February. I have a violent opposition to exercise. I have an inborn inability to save money. I do have an addiction to sleeping, so thatís one resolution I have no problem in keeping. But, from what I hear, most people make resolutions that seem to be a problem to keep over time.

  ďBe still, and know that I am God.Ē

  Thatís why this year Iím going about it differently and I would like you to think about doing the same. I want my life to be simpler. Less hectic and cluttered and frantic. More peaceful and, well, happy. One thing I am going to do (and have already started) is to turn my television off its normal 24/7 mode and listen more to music. Iím going to read more and shop less. And, focus on doing more for others. Iím not going to feel in such an all-fired hurry to get somewhere and do something. In other words, Iím going to slow down my drivingÖ.and in turn, my life. Just as Iím not going to put a lot of junk into my mind, Iím not going to put a lot of junk (food) into my body. This is the only body Iíve got and I want to keep it going for many more years. Iím not going to let other people try to change me from who I am. They just donít know.

  ďBe still, and know that I am God.Ē 

  Mostly, I need to create within me a calm spirit and know that God is present in my life. To those who believe, there is nothing to equal the stillness and calmness that can flood your spirit as when you finally relax and let God flow in. Like a river of peace. I tend to forget that many times and that is when things spin out of control. And my number one resolution this year is to ďbe still, and know that I am God.Ē (Psalm 46:10). All the time.

  As you come down from the stresses of Christmas, donít forget the reason we celebrate the Day, but resolve to incorporate it into your daily life. And, be still.

  And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.


  Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, author, musician and minister.



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