Ever notice that towards the end of the year everyone starts generating “the list.” Noooo, not the Christmas shopping “list” or the “list” of things to cook for the holiday season, but that treacherous and often extremely ambitious New Year’s resolution “list”. We all (yes, me too) start thinking about what we want in the new year, yet many of us don’t take the time to review what we have already accomplished in the present year and acknowledge the blessings that we already have at that very moment.
I believe that it’s important that we take the time to reflect with God. Now, let’s look at the definition of reflect to get a better understanding of what I mean.
No where does it say, ‘write down all of your year’s past mistakes, failures, and blame yourself for your wrong doings while plunging into a gallon of white chocolate raspberry truffle Hagan daze ice cream (my fav :p)’; but instead it says that we should think about our past—yes the good and the bad— and with careful consideration, meditate on how these things have affected us and made us grow.
It’s not a time to think of a moment of hurt and let it get you angry all over again, but instead to look at a situation and see how it has helped to open a particular door for you that otherwise would not have been opened and/or helped to you to become a better person because of the way you chose to react at the time.
I challenge you to reflect. Look at the year 2014 through a lens of forgiveness, love and strength. Understand that God was with you every step of the way and you pushed through; you made it!
Here are of my favorite scriptures that I like to meditate on while reflecting my past year:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Meditate on these things!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am still a fan of the New Year’s resolution “list,” but I feel as though you can’t make a list of new hopes and dreams for the future when you can’t reflect on how God has already blessed you and provided for you all along. Think about it.
I challenge you. Go and make the right list first.