When I was a sophomore in college I tried talking my way out of a speeding ticket. It was one of those sneaky tickets where the officer didn’t actually catch my speed on radar, but instead “paced” me from his car in front of me. When I showed up for my court date I asked the judge what I thought was a brilliant question that would surely sway him in my favor. I asked: “When was the last time the police officer’s car had its speedometer calibrated?”
Instead of appreciating my inquiry and ordering an assessment of the patrol car’s speedometer accuracy, the judge shook his head, upheld my full fine, and dismissed me so he could move on to the next case. However, even though the question didn’t impress the court, I still think it’s one that we should consider—especially at the beginning of a New Year.
“When was the last time we had our hearts re-calibrated?”
It’s quite likely that the highs and lows and victories and defeats of 2011 have tweaked our hearts’ alignment and gotten them distracted from what is really important. Rather than fixating on a list of resolutions or things we need to change in 2012, I think we should start our year by taking time to quiet our souls and re-align them to the image and purpose of Christ.
In Psalm 131:2 King David wrote, “I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother is my soul within me.”
Quieting, stilling, and refocusing our souls on Jesus Christ is the starting point for a dynamic New Year.