This time of the year can always be a challenging time as we get carried away with all the festivities. I’ve seen so many posts on social media of people complaining about the year they have had and wishing 2019 on in full force! Even I am one of them. I try my best to keep negativity off my social media though but behind the scenes I can be quite a big complainer on my worst days.
I am, however, quite grateful for tools such as Facebook memories and the collection of memories they put together in a video for you. It really changes things up for me around this time of the year. While I look back thinking this year has been the most difficult year we have had, it’s also been the year I have experienced the most personal growth and I must admit success too! I’ll probably do a separate blog post over the next few days documenting some things I am most grateful for during 2018.
I just really got thinking where our focus is during this time of the year and how easy it is to wish the last few days of the year away. The festive season is a big celebration, but when enjoying it for the right reasons, it can be so enjoyable.
I kind of feel like we shouldn’t be wishing the last few days of the year away. Maybe we get so caught up in the festivities so we can forget about some of the tough things we have had to deal with in the year gone by and so we can have a “new year new me” fresh start!
The reason for this season is to celebrate the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ. Although it doesn’t technically fall around this time of the year in actual biblical timing, we use this time to celebrate that. It’s a time of giving and quality family time and I love that about this season.
For some of us it may be tough though, not having family members with us anymore or not having the financial stability to give as we wish we could. So I thought I’d just give some encouragement to those who are experiencing this sadness or perhaps just wish the year would be over already.
Instead of wishing the year away and starting a new year off on a positive note, why not end it off on a good note.
Here are 3 ways I’ve chosen to end off 2018:
I’ve decided to reflect back on the year gone by and listing the things I am most grateful for from 2018. My husband and I have had a tough year, but we have also learnt and grown a lot. If I look back on my year through my sadness and discomfort that is all I am going to find. Therefore I have chosen to reflect on the things I am most grateful for so that when I look back on 2018, these are the things I will find.
I’ll also be reflecting on the tough times we have had, but to reflect on the lessons we have learnt through them and to be grateful for overcoming the obstacles and still being here pushing through! It is only by God’s grace we have made it!
I’ll also be reflecting on where I have failed in my spiritual walk so I know what areas I need to seek more of God’s wisdom in.
2. It’s ok
I’ve decided that it’s ok that we don’t have the means to give as we wish we could right now. I will rather be focusing on quality time with my loved ones and loving them instead. I’ll also be using this time to serve others, which is a much greater gift than any material thing you can give anyone. It’s biblical to spend your money wisely and to serve and love others.
3. Preparing for 2019
If we want to reach our dreams or have success it’s important that we spend time putting these visions into a plan. A goal without a plan is just a dream.
♡ I’ll be spending time reflecting on what I would like to achieve from 2019, how I can improve and also putting some time into preparing for the gap between Christmas 2019 and the new year 2020.
♡ I’ll be writing down some goals, steps I’d like to take to achieve them.
♡ I’ll be making a “Reflection Box” that I’ll be going through during Christmas 2019. This will help me reflect better next year so I can be sure to find great things looking back into 2019 and knowing I can end the year off satisfied with everything I have achieved and how far I have come. As things happen during the year whether it’s just life or spiritual memories, I’ll be placing these into the box. I’ll only open this box after Christmas 2019. A lovely idea in received from a coach.
This is how I’ve chosen to end my year, with a grateful heart, focusing on showing Jesus heart to others and preparing for God’s plan for my life in 2019.
I’ll leave you with this encouragement from God’s word:
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
I hope that anyone who has had a tough year will find encouragement through reading this and that you will find a way to end the year off feeling grateful for what you do have or what you have managed to overcome this year. Let’s not wish the year away but rather find reason to be grateful for all it has taught us. Let’s prepare well for 2019.
Remember the year maybe coming to an end but it’s not over yet. God can still perform that miracle in your life!