The change of one year to another brings interesting emotions, feelings, experiences and opportunities to us. The author of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for everything (Eccl 3:1-8) – and I pray that this year’s “change-over” will also be a time to do some reflection.
It is a time to reflect on the past. What happened this past year (2016)? Do yourself a favour and list the events, good and bad, that happened this year. Thank the Lord for every gift and sign of grace that came your way. Confess any neglect or wrong-doings on your part. Ask questions such as: Did I grow spiritually? Do I have any regrets? Is there something I have learned? Is there something I should have done or someone I should have spent more time with?
It’s also a time to consider the future. Based on your reflection of the past year, surely you have certain resolutions for 2017? Where would you like to be in your spiritual life by the end of 2017? More Bible reading? More learning about God and His Word? More faithful to the Lord in attending church or sharing Him with others? Places you’d like to visit? People you’d like to get to know better or with whom you’d like to have more contact?
If these reflections and decisions are true for us as individuals, then they also apply to our church. We’ll have to create opportunities to discuss these reflections, otherwise another “change-over” happens without much changing! We are planning one such event for Sunday 22nd January. Please make sure you are able to attend.
As the year count changes from 2016 to 2017, may the Lord use this as an opportunity to reflect on his past gifts, grace and mercies. I look forward to our journey together in this coming year!