As one year draws to a close, we often take advantage of the time to reflect on the past year: the joys and the sorrows, the mountain tops and the valley lows; the blessings and the not-so-much blessings.
Once our reflection time is complete, we then look forward to the new year and make resolutions for the new year in light of our reflections on the past year.
As you use the next couple of weeks to reflect on the past and resolve for the future (and I hope you will), I want to encourage you to not just limit your thoughts and plans to things that are physical in nature.
Too often we limit our thoughts to things physical. If we can see it, hear it, taste it, touch it, or smell it...somehow it is more real to us and, thus, we make our resolutions accordingly.
For example, if your reflection of the past year tells you that you need to resolve in the new year to lose, say, 20 pounds then you probably need to see, hear, touch, smell and (mostly) taste less food (or better food).
When the new year becomes the old year, then there will be physical and observable results to tell you how you did.
But what about your spiritual life? Do you use this time of the year for reflection and resolutions about your spiritual life? I hope you do!
What are some ideas for reflection and resolution in your spiritual life? I’m glad you asked that question. Here are some suggestions:
Spend time reflecting on how much time in 2017 you spent in conversation with God (through prayer and study of His Word).
Spend time reflecting on your attendance at our services.
Spend time reflecting on the example you set for your friends, family, co-workers, and even those people who really don’t like you very much for whatever reason.
Spend time reflecting on how you have served others and, thus, served Christ (see Matthew 25:31-46).
Then, no matter what conclusion you come to about how “good” you did in 2017, resolve to do better in 2018!