The end of each year is a really significant time for me. It’s the perfect opportunity for me to sit back and reflect on the past 365 days.

Far too often, we take this time for granted. The holidays come upon us and before we know it, we walk straight into the New Year without thinking about the lessons, blessings, and hurts that brought us to that point.

Without proper reflection, there is no room for

g  r  o  w  t  h  .

Consider this: Would a company be very successful if its’ CEO never took the time to look over revenue trends at the end of each year? Of course not! A prosperous company usually has a team of people who watch over these very details to make sure business will continue to grow in the upcoming year.

Similarly, if we race through life without taking the time to think on the positive and negative situations we’ve experienced, there’s nothing to learn from those occurrences. Instead, they are just forgotten.

“The Lord’s love never ends; His mercies never stop. They are new every morning; Lord, Your loyalty is great.” | Lamentations 3:22-23

We have this unique opportunity at the closing of each year to reflect on God’s faithfulness in our lives. While some years are better than others, there’s always something to learn.

As I thought about what the past year has looked like for me personally, I used a few specific questions to help guide my thoughts. I hope that you will find them helpful as well:

  • How have you grown over the last year?
  • Who needs to be acknowledged for playing a special part in your life this past year?
  • What were a couple of moments that really stood out?
  • What would you say is the most important thing you’ve learned?
  • What are you hoping to achieve by this time, next year?

My prayer is that each of you takes the time to sit quietly with God before January 1st. Pray over any uncertainties you have about the upcoming year, and don’t be afraid to ask for His guidance in the decisions you’ll be making.

Above all, trust this:

God has a plan for your life that is for your ultimate good and His utmost glory.

“Depend on the Lord; trust Him, and He will take care of you.” | Psalm 37:5

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