It’s weird. I’m not usually one for end of year reflection/new year resolutions, but this year I’m feeling weirdly sentimental about 2016. I don’t know whether its because 2016 is the first year in quite a while that I will happily remember (even with its challenges), or because it’s actually exciting to look back and see where I am now compared to a year ago and I’m wanting to make a conscious effort to encourage myself with that fact.
And I’ve also got some new year’s goals planned, 3 of them, something that I can’t remember the last time I did. The first goal you’re currently reading, the second is to start each day by reading a devotion, and the third is to keep a gratitude journal. In mid 2015 someone gave me an invaluable piece of advice, to start my prayer each night with just thanking God for 3 good things from the day. And as I’ve shared with my youth group before, some nights that would be really hard, so I would have to think about simpler things like hearing my pet guinea pigs outside my bedroom window or that I’d laughed at their antics during the day. This year my goal is to be very intentional in my thanking God for 3 things by recording them, so that I can then also look back and be reminded of the good things on the days that don’t feel so good.
An author and blogger who I find really encouraging is Holley Gerth, even just the titles of her books ‘You’re Loved No Matter What’, ‘You’re Going to Be Okay’ and ‘You’re Already Amazing’ can be uplifting reminders to see my bookshelf. She recently posted the following questions as a way of reflecting on the year…
- What went well this year?
- What did not go well?
- What do I want to do the same next year?
- What do I want to do differently?
- When did I feel most in my “sweet spot”?
- When did I feel the most exhausted and drained?
- What did I say “yes” to that I wish I had said “no” to?
- What did I say “no” to that I wish I had said “yes” to?
- What helped me stay close to God this year?
- What did He teach me that I want to live out next year?
I wonder whether anyone else has been reflecting on 2016, and where God was at work in their life.