The End is Near. Now What?

The end is actually here. The end of another year, that is. Which raises certain questions… 

How was your year? Did you accomplish any of your goals? Do you remember what goals you started the year with?

Did you grow any wiser this year? Did you strengthen key relationships? Did you grow professionally? Are you better and/or more established now than you were at the beginning of the year—spiritually, professionally, physically, relationally, financially, etc?

Can you look back and see particular “themes” and trends in your year? Did you deal with recurring issues, good or bad?

Did you overcome any obstacles? Could you explain to someone the process you went through to do so?

What was the low point of your year? The high point?

Were there any scriptures that became iconic for you during the year? Scriptures that got you over a hump or that empowered you for a difficult position you had to take?

Did any new relationships come into your life that could be key in the days ahead? Did you renew any old relationships? Are there any relationships that you have determined are detrimental to your health (emotionally, spiritually or physically)? Is there anything in you that would keep you from breaking off an unhealthy relationship?

Why all the questions? I often reference a particular phrase in regards to monthly and year-end reviews: “a backwards glance for forward advance.” If we don’t learn from our past, we are doomed to repeat it! What have you learned from your experiences this past year?

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson 

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2 Responses to The End is Near. Now What?

  1. Terry says:

    2015 was a year of greater ‘establishment’ in all areas (except perhaps physical activity). I believe that changes made in 2015 will stand as firm foundations on which to build in 2016. A wise woman (Diane) said a few weeks ago, “If God has spoken, don’t wait (for 2016) – start now!” Writing down what I actually did with my time (rather than just scheduling what I wanted to accomplish and hoping for the best) brought stark sight of what needed to change as well as what changes were feasible to make. I was able to re-prioritize my “priorities” and better choose to ignore time-fillers that were taking away from what I really want for my life. Sight is key to everything, of course. Our minds and bodies might know something is off, but until our spirit grasps just how off it is AND what can be done about it, it’s hard to make the changes that we know should be made. Asking God to show me not only the facts of my life but the underlying truth that will change me has opened me to greater partnership with Him. I expect 2016 to be a year of even more dependence upon Him for sight and application. That is truly the way to trust, peace, and joy.

    • Diane says:

      Terry, your comment is a great testimony to the power of “tracking.” The fact that you wrote down what you did with your time is an example of the discipline required to change our behavior. Someone has said, “You can’t change what you don’t measure.” Writing down what you did is a form of “measuring.” And yes, I so agree; sight and partnership are essential to deep, gut-level change. Without those, any change will be more or less superficial. Thanks for the comment!

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