As we celebrate the beginning of a new year, as we start making those New Year’s Resolutions, let us also take some time to seriously reflect on the past year. How can we make a new year better if we do not consider the past year?
Moses urged the Israelites, “Remember the days of old, consider the years of all generations” (Deuteronomy 32:7). Even so let us look back at 2016 and think of what God did for us; perhaps we were blessed by a family member’s baptism, or a new friendship, or being a part of a loving church. What was the highlight of your service to the Lord this past year? What talents did you use for Him? Were there low points: the death of a loved one? Were there Christian friends to comfort you? If so remember and give thanks.
When the disciples were overly concerned about not bringing bread on their journey, Jesus rebuked them, saying, “Do you not understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand?” (Matthew 16:9). How soon we can forget the marvelous ways God cares for and blesses our lives. As we prepare for the New Year let us begin by remembering the amazing things God did for us, and through us, last year, and be ready to do even greater things during the next 12 months.
-By Dennis Doughty