I am thankful that God has given me one more year of life. I feel this way every year at the start of January. I am excited for what lies ahead, but I am also thankful for what lies in the past. God gave me one more year to live, love, make a difference and prepare for eternity.
As I reflect on the past year, I have a series of questions that come to mind.
Do I know more about God than I did one year ago?
Do I understand more of what the Bible is teaching than I did a year ago?
Did I connect with people on a deeper level over the past year?
Did I lead anyone into a relationship with Jesus over the last year?
Whom did I serve in the last twelve months?
What project or program did I help grow through my local Church?
Were my ideas and opinions shaped by my faith, even more, this year?
Have I grown spiritually at all in the past year?
Am I different from just one year ago?
Am I better than I was a year ago?
I know these are hard questions to ask and some are even harder to get a clear answer. Despite the difficulty, I still think we need to ask some big questions about the past year.
Then we need to take the answers that we find and use them to fuel us into the future. Ask yourself, “How can I make this year even better for me spiritually than last year?”
If God gives us one more year, then you will be sitting here 365 days from now and evaluating our life once again. What plans need to be made now? What actions do you need to start? What do you need to do so that one year from today you will be more like Christ than you are today?