The Recycled New Year-s Resolution
December 31 2009 by D.E. Parkerson

I retired as pastor of Sanford’s First Baptist Church on September 30, 1996. Since that date I have served as the interim pastor of nine churches. Now, after six fulltime pastorates and nine interims the time has come to fully enjoy being retired.

Needless to say, I have lots of extra time I never had, and I spend it by reading. For more than 50 years most of my reading time had to be devoted to preparation for an assignment of one kind or another. I now have time to read biographies, books dealing with history, mysteries, well-written fiction, etc. 

I enjoy this very much. I recently checked Bill Cosby’s book, I Am What I Ate . . . and I’m frightened!!! out of the New Hanover County Library. Cosby, as you know, is an excellent comedian, and his books are as entertaining as his comedy skits on television.

I am reading Cosby’s book on the day before Christmas Eve, and it reminds me that the resolution I and many others make at the beginning of each year will need to be made again on January 1. I try to keep my weight within a range of three pounds, but the Christmas season makes that difficult. I am five pounds over my chosen limit again.

Someone asked me fairly recently, “What is your favorite dish?” I replied, “My favorite dish is food — American food, Chinese food, Mexican food, Greek food — anything so long as it is food.”

David Early, my fellow minister at Sanford’s First Baptist Church for many years is well over six feet tall and has an appetite as robust as mine. He has a narrow waist and stands on legs about the size of hoe handles. I asked him a few years ago how he stayed so skinny, and he replied, “You have to choose a skinny daddy.”

I had never thought of that. By the time he suggested it as the way to deal with weight gain, it was much too late for me to choose a skinny daddy.

All the extra delicious goodies tend to multiply in the days leading up to and including Christmas and New Years’ day. Church suppers. Parties galore. Desserts of all kind. Bacon. Sausage. Hot dogs. Pizza. Cheese. Nobody enjoys cheese more than I do. 

I think I would enjoy eating sawdust if it was covered with cheese.

Dr. Robert Andrews, our family physician and a fine member of the church of which I was pastor, slid a book under my office door several years ago containing information about the kinds of foods a person should eat to be healthy and live a long time. His suggestions were on target, of course, and he was looking out for my best interests.

I appreciate doctors who take a personal interest in their patients. I try most of the time to take the advice he gave. But every year there seems to be an abundance of extra goodies within easy reach.

What do I do?

I rationalize by remembering the words found in Deuteronomy 8:10 — “When you have eaten and are satisfied, you can bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.”

Then, on New Year’s Day I recycle that same resolution I’ve made for at least the last 30 or 40 years: “I RESOLVE TO LOSE FIVE POUNDS!”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Parkerson is a native of Georgia, a graduate of Mercer University (B.A.), Southeastern Seminary (M. Div. and Th.M.), and Campbell University  (D.D.). He has served as pastor of one church in Georgia and five churches in North Carolina. Following retirement as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Sanford on September 30, 1996, he has served nine North Carolina churches as interim pastor. His column, The Paper Pulpit, has appeared weekly in a few newspapers and other publications since 1958. He and his wife, Jessie, live in Wilmington near their daughter and family.)    
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