Reflection isn’t one of those things we’re typically eager to do. It’s kind of like getting on the scale. It really forces you to face the music. December is the time of year when I force myself to look back over the last 11 months and reflect on my progress. I try not to wait until January because should I happen to throw a pity party, by the time I’m finished half of the first quarter of the year is already gone! And so, here we are.
I’m happy to say that this year I’ve accomplished a lot. Major progress! With that of course, there’s still so much that I feel like I should have made more progress on. What I have to force myself to realize is that, what God is looking for from me and all of us is not perfection, but a step in the right direction.
It’s so easy to be hard on ourselves or to have high expectations, and while ambition is a good thing, at the end of the day God knows who we are. He knows our efforts and just how genuine they are. He knows how far we’ve come and how far we wanted to go. Having that understanding is very important, but what’s equally as important is not allowing that understanding to make us content. It should instead serve as a reminder that while we often times feel like we have a permanent “S” on our chests , we are human.
Mess ups will happen, followed by Gods forgiveness, grace and mercy. Then, we move on. But we don’t just move anywhere. We move in the direction of Gods will. Every step we make on that path pleases God. Any time we derail and find our way back on the path of righteousness, is progress. The more we can lessen the number of times we derail and quicken the amount of time it takes to find our way back, the better our lives will become.
As we reflect over 2014 let’s take note of what caused us to derail and do our best not to allow the enemy to use those same things against us in 2015.