I first posted this piece on New Year’s Day two years ago, in 2014. It’s just as timely now as it was then, so here it is again.
I spent a good chunk of this morning reflecting with God about the year just past and the new one beginning. I like to start my new year like that. As I ponder the joys and sorrows, the successes and failures, the dreams and disappointments, the prayers answered and still waiting, I gain perspective, direction, and even some wisdom.
This annual pause for reflection is a tradition for me. It always holds surprises and delights as I see areas of growth, moments of grace, and new possibilities. And it helps to bring closure and peace to the places where things didn’t go the way I’d hoped.
I don’t follow any one pattern or procedure. I’m sure there are many ways a person could undertake a year-end reflection like this. But, in case you’d like to try it, here are the questions I took to God this year.
- What gifts and graces did You share with me in 2013?
- What prayers did You answer in this past year?
- What lessons do You want me to take away from 2013?
- What did You and I accomplish together in this past year?
- When were You and I closest in 2013?
- What dreams and desires do You want me to pursue in 2014?
- Is there anything You want to say to me about my relationships, finances, health, work, or ministry as we start this new year?
- Are there any areas you want me to focus on in prayer this year?
- Is there anything new You want me to go after in 2014?
- How can I grow closer to You in this new year?
Do you have a way you start the new year with God? Tell me about it! I’d like to hear.