I love New Year's celebration. From the parties to boldly stuffing my eyeballs with college football. It truly is one of my favorite holidays.
In the midst of all the festivities it's a great time to carve out an hour or two to remember God's faithfulness over the last 12 months and look forward to the next 12.
So here's my challenge, push the pause button on ESPN and use this time as an excuse to remember and dream.
Open up your calendar and look at all God has done in you and through you the last year. Take time to really meditate and remember. If there are pictures on your phone or Facebook, use them to jog your memory.
Don't be a Varuca. Many times we can be like spoiled children, we receive God's blessing but take little time to remember and thank Him for his goodness. It's good to give thanks and remember that every good and perfect gift comes from him.
Maybe 2012 is a year you would like to forget. Even in the midst of loss and pain we can see flashes of God's goodness. Remember.
I don't know about you but I have some regrets in 2012. Perhaps there are attitudes or actions you regret, use this as an opportunity for confession and repentance. God may use this time of remembrance to apply his mercy and grace in healing ways.
No matter the circumstances it's good to stop, remember and infuse the grace of God in your thoughts. Be prepared to be surprised when you give time and space to reflect on all that happened in 2012.
Tomorrow we'll discuss dreaming / looking towards 2013.
And hey, Happy New Years!