Centerport United Methodist Church
The Pastor's message comes from the January issue of our monthly church newsletter - The Focus.


    In a classic Peanuts cartoon, Charlie Brown says to Lucy, “Someone has said that we should live each day as if it were the last day of our life.”  “Aaugh!” cried Lucy.  “This is the last day of my life!  This is it!”  She dashes away screaming, “I only have 24 hours left!  Help me!  Help me!  This is the last day!  Aaugh!”  “Some philosophies,” says Charlie Brown, “aren’t for all people.”


Living each day as if it were the last day of our life is not a bad philosophy—if you take it the right way.  Living each day as if it were the first day of our life might be an even better one. 


We are entering a new year with all the possibilities that a clean slate presents.  The old year is gone.  Mistakes made, obstacles overcome, wrong turns taken are now in the past.  A new day has arrived.


Making resolutions is not for all people, either.  They can seem arbitrary and overwhelming---a sure formula for failure.  On the other hand, resolutions can help us set our priorities and identify our goals.


I like the list prepared by a pastor named Walter Schoedel.  He calls them 7-UPS FOR THE NEW YEAR.  They have nothing to do with a soda, and everything to do with our attitudes.  I’m not always a fan these cute little sayings, but this list says a lot in a few words:


WAKE UP – Begin the day with God.  This is the Lord’s day.  Rejoice in it.


DRESS UP – Put on a smile. It improves your looks.


SHUT UP – Watch your tongue.  Don’t gossip or judge.  Learn to listen.


STAND UP – Take a stand for your beliefs.  Resist evil.  Do good.


LOOK UP – Open your eyes to God.  You may be surprised by what you see.


REACH UP – Spend time in prayer and devotion with God.  It will help all other times.


LIFT UP – Help others: serve, support, share.

I’m sure you have your own list of things you’d like to accomplish this year.  Maybe you’re FED UP of some things you do, and need to FESS UP about your failures.  Maybe you’re tired of the way the world is MESSED UP and want to pray for it to get CLEANED UP.  Or maybe you just wish I’d SUM UP my thoughts and sign off. 


With any luck (or grace), you’ll get quite a bit done that you need to have done this year.  Doing it in the spirit of the “7-ups”, though, may help you not only accomplish much, but deepen your soul.  And that would make it one of the best years of your life.


Happy New Year,






           ~Pastor Roy

Pastor Roy at the Blessing of the Animals service.