How will you assess 2008? What will make 2009 a good year for you?
I think we tend to think of major events – births, deaths, marriages, holidays, things that have ended or begun. But perhaps the more significant changes happen at a deeper level all together and are harder to discern. How did you grow in loving God in 2008, or loving your neighbour for that matter? In what ways have you grown in Christlike character – in your willingness to serve rather than be served? And what plans are you making to grow further in these ways in 2009?
I hope that you will make the time over the next week or so to look back over 2008 and express your gratitude to God for the progress that he is making in your life and also to repent of the missed opportunities. And while you’re at it, why not make some concrete plans for 2009 so that in a year’s time you can spend more time giving thanks and less in repentance.