An entire year has passed. Don’t worry about reflecting though, the media will do that for you.
In America, we excel at filling our lives with distractions. It prevents us from having to deal with the brokenness of our souls.
Because if we really sit down and reflect on our own lives, we know it will be uncomfortable. Painful, even.
Can you remove the distractions long enough to sit still and reflect on your life this past year? It’s not easy, but I’m trying.
Here are some of the questions I’m asking to help me review the year:
- What experience brought me extraordinary joy?
- What was my greatest sorrow this past year?
- What was the most encouraging thing I did for someone, as measured by their smile?
- How did I serve at my church? in my family? in my community?
- Who have I cheered for?
- Who have I listened to carefully?
- How did I demonstrate love to an enemy?
- When was I most comforted during this last year?
- When did I say, “I’m not sure I can do this” and then discover that I could?
- When did I trust God with more faith than I had in the past?
- Where, geographically, did I find the most delight this year?
- What was the most satisfying $5 I spent this year?
- What three people had the greatest impact on my life in 2010?
- What attribute of His character did God demonstrate to me?
- What was the best conversation I had?
- What do I understand better than I did in January?
- What was the smartest decision I made?
- In what areas of my life have I become more disciplined? Less disciplined?
- What book did I read that was written before 1846?
- How did my presence in social media (facebook, twitter, blog) impact God’s kingdom?
Ask yourself these questions. Be real with yourself. Then be vulnerable and share them with a friend. (Questions added to and adapted from here.)