Happy New Year!

opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
by James Tissot (1836–1902)

I’m not a fan of new year’s resolutions. I’ve ranted about that in previous new year’s posts (when I’ve remembered to post on the first of the year). Mostly, I just feel like I set myself up for a list of things I wish I could get right, but have little motivation to follow through with for some measure of success.

That doesn’t mean I don’t have goals or dreams or anything like that, it’s just that I’d rather not enumerate them here at the beginning of the year. I mean, I have the same goals I had on December 27th, so talking about it today won’t make them magically happen. Staying on task will make them happen.

Instead, I jumped over to Jennifer Fulwiler’s blog where she has a neat Saint generator. You click on the link and voilà, there’s a saint that pops up randomly for you. I thought it’d be a nice challenge for 2013 to read more about whatever saint popped up for me.

It’s not a magical thing, for heaven’s sake … just a very clever (and easy, I might add) way to get to know the saints.

I went over there today, prayed a little that I might see something in this saint that will make me a better person…you know, a bettter Christian, and then I hit the button.

Bam! I got St. Luke.

My initial response was…whaaat? Not in disappointment, it was just a little bit of a double take. I thought I knew St. Luke. This will be a nice year to get to know him better.