So I think I’m just in time! I know it’s January already, but it’s not too late to talk about finishing 2015 well.

Over the holidays a friend of mine posted a link on social media to a really great resource that helped me to pause and reflect on 2015, so as to learn all I can from it in preparation for starting 2016.

Maybe you are already moving full steam ahead for 2016. Perhaps you are already making plans for the second and third quarter of the year, but let me recommend that regardless of how prepared you feel for 2016, perhaps the best investment you could make is taking an hour to reflect on 2015.

For me the reflection exercise helped me to articulate properly what I have learned about God in 2015. That means I  have gained perspective and I am ready to build on what I have learned in the past 12 months. It also caused to me articulate what I have felt disappointed with or even the times that I felt unappreciated. That led me to deal with unresolved feelings of bitterness and unforgiveness that I might not have otherwise even recognized I was carrying. We often try to avoid negative feelings, but being able to honestly process what I experienced helped me let it go. It feels good to be starting 2016 with out my excess baggage!

 

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In the exercise, there are 9 simple questions that will help you see where God has been at work in your life, where you might need to invite God to be at work in your life, and to acknowledge both the gratitude and pain that you experienced in 2015. Acknowledging these things – naming them – will equip you well for what lies ahead in 2016.
You can find the link here!

I hope it helps you like it helped me. Here’s to finishing and starting well!


Matt Dunn is an Associate Pastor at HRock Church and has a passion to see people discipled, healed up and equipped—ready to fulfill God’s purposes in their lives. He oversees the discipleship classes and small group network at HRock, as well as heading up our Guest Services team and being involved in the Sozo ministry.

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