Was it a good year?

How do you define a good year?

Is there such a thing?

We seem to come to the end of each year wanting to put it behind us.

To start again.

To move on.

It’s easy to bemoan all that’s gone wrong.

It’s much harder to reflect on how we’ve grown.

Because we do grow through pain.

As Romans 5:3-5 (ESV) states:

“Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

So here we are, at the end of another year.

And rather than reflecting on what went wrong, I’m choosing to reflect on how I’ve grown.

  • Have I endured well?
  • Have I grown in character?
  • Have I cultivated hope?
  • Have I leant into the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit?

These are the questions worth asking.

Praying that you’d lean into all God has for you over the festive season and beyond.

Dear friend,

May you know endurance. May you grow in character. May you cultivate hope. And may the Holy Spirit show you the incredible power of his love, revealed to us in Christ Jesus.

Amen

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