The end of 2013 is upon us. It was a tough year, with challenges all over the place. I know that many of you are taking a look back to see how it went. Maybe you have the list that you made in the beginning of the year and are trying to check what was done and what you were not able to accomplish.
With one day and a few hours left in this year I would like to give you four things that you should do before the year ends. Here they are:
1. Evaluate Your Spiritual Progress – Take a look at your spiritual journey this year and evaluate it. Most of the time we are tempted to evaluate our family, job, finances, school, etc. first, and we forget to evaluate our spiritual lives. This is the first one that we should do since it is the most important. So, how was your spiritual growth? Were you able to keep a constant reading, studying, and meditation of the Bible? Did your prayer life evolve? Were you able to be involved in God’s mission during this year? Take a look back during this year and measure your progress in this important area of your life.
2. Deal with Unfinished Business – If you keep records of your list from the beginning of the year, then you will be able to check if you did everything that you planned or not. Some of the undone you will not be able to do in this short period of time, but you will be able to plan and put it as a priority for the next year. Other things came up during the year, such as broken relationships, words that should not be spoken, attitudes that were wrong, etc. Use this time to deal with this unfinished business. Maybe just a phone call to apologize and ask for forgiveness will do it. Try to avoid carrying unfinished business to the next year.
3. Be Thankful for All the Blessings – I know that number two will bring many negative thoughts and feelings to us, but do not forget that God, our God, is a good and merciful God. During the whole year, He filled our lives with many blessings. Some of those blessings are clear and easy to spot, but others we should look a little bit harder to find. Take time during the end of this year and be thankful to God for all the blessings that He bestowed on you. An ungrateful heart saddens our Father’s heart. So be thankful.
4. Renew Your Commitment to the Lord and His Church – Finally, look at your commitment to the Lord and to His church. Normally, our involvement with a local church is always at the end of our list. We also know that the church is called the Bride of Christ in the New Testament. That gives an idea of her importance in the overall plan of God. Because of that it would be wise to evaluate our activity as a member of the church. I am not talking only about attending church, but also giving more in all areas, finances, time, and talents and gifts.
Have a blessed week and a wonderful New Year,