Explore: Reflect on the past year

January 1, 2007



At The Journey yesterday, everyone was given a card that looked like this:

My PasӢsage | December 31, 2006

1. What events/transitions/risks/accomplishments do I have to celebrate this year?

2. What did not go well this year? What do I wish I could have done differently?

3. In what ways am I different from this time last year?

4. What word or phrase would I use to summarize 2006?

I was going to just start writing about my own stuff, but I thought I should first open it up to everyone. Reflection can be intensely personal—you may or may not want to share here (though it would be cool if you did). But I encourage you to print this up, and take it to an environment that helps you center your thoughts. Take a pen along, and write out your answers. Reflect. God may have something to say to you.



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

7 responses to Explore: Reflect on the past year

  1. 1. What events/transitions/risks/accomplishments do I have to celebrate this year?
    My lovey. I moved up in my company (although I am not sure that is a plus, but the paycheck rules). I also thank my lucky stars for my friends, who are solid, and proved themselves this year.
    2. What did not go well this year? What do I wish I could have done differently?
    I went mre into debt. I could have been less generous at Christmas or done less things with my friends like concerts and trips, but I think that is lame… I’d raher be in debt and have good memories.
    My car died. That sucks given the above. I could have managed my money better and then been able to better afford a new vehicle. Until I figure that out, I’ll drive my 21 year old volvo tank… so, not all bad, at least I have a backup.
    3. In what ways am I different from this time last year?
    I am less frazzled. I am more sure of myself as a leader. I know more about where my life will probably take me. I am more patient, and yet more direct.
    4. What word or phrase would I use to summarize 2006?
    Fun. duh.

  2. Yay for Noelle!
    …Anyone else? If you don’t share your reflection but still did the exercise, I want to know about that, too (and whether you thought it was helpful).

  3. 1. What events/transitions/risks/accomplishments do I have to celebrate this year?
    –One thing I realized this year is that, next to God, family is *the* most important thing. The support of my family got me through this year…and when my gram died last month, I watched how my family all pulled together to support my gramp. It made me see again how blessed I am to be part of such a great group.
    –I feel I’ve learned to assert myself more this year. People are no longer welcome to walk on me.
    –I have a renewed appreciation for how lucky I am to have such a wonderful husband.
    2. What did not go well this year? What do I wish I could have done differently?
    –I didn’t follow my gut when I thought a relationship was weird. I could have asserted my boundaries a whole lot sooner.
    3. In what ways am I different from this time last year?
    –I’m stronger, more confident, more willing to step out of my comfort zone…constantly stretching.
    4. What word or phrase would I use to summarize 2006?
    –excruciatingly painful…really blessed…lots of growth

  4. GG, I’m really glad you hit bottom and found the upswing… instead of continuing to fall without hitting!

  5. 1. What events/transitions/risks/accomplishments do I have to celebrate this year?
    Well the Lord showed me that I had selective hearing. I would hear (obey) what made sense to me and what I wanted to do. Now I’m listening and doing things I wouldn’t do, like shop at this Liquor store and…writing a book. Went on a Gluten-free diet, which has been a big change. I’m seeing some results, time will tell how much this will help my illness (Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia). As I grow, spiritually I feel this year that I have greater control of my thoughts, and am happier because of it. I feel more faith to believe God for all my needs and my future. Doing Beth Moore’s Believing God study is/was life changing.
    2. What did not go well this year? What do I wish I could have done differently?
    Was impatient with my husband’s situation. Let my kids go out of control, to a certain extent.
    3. In what ways am I different from this time last year? My faith is so much stronger. I’m ready to believe God for miracles again! 😀
    4. What word or phrase would I use to summarize 2006? Renewal

  6. Helen: Writing a book??

  7. Yes indeedelly dee. I’m going to a Writer’s conference at Mt Herman at the end of March. I am way out of my comfort zone, but it’s great. I am confident in the Confident One.