Anyway, in this process, I spent some time evaluating how I did with last year's goals and how I hope to realize some of the ones I failed to meet. In this process, though, I took a moment to stop and think about everything God had done in my life in the past year-- and it was awesome! As I thought through my hopes and dreams in 2012, there were so many areas where I didn't hit the mark I'd hoped to, but there were also many areas that I noticed God had worked in my life in the way that only He could. As I was reflecting on this, I thought of a story in the Bible:
Joshua 4:4-7 says: “So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel. 5 He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the Lord your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. 6 We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.”
It’s a story where God tells his people to take some rocks from a river and place them on the shore. At face value, it’s interesting at best, really confusing if we're honest but, what's great about this story (especially at times like the turn of the year) is that God not only suggests, He commands us to remember! To remember the good things He's done. Maybe this year that's true for you. Maybe this year it will be important for you to, not only set resolutions, hopes and dreams, but to say, "God, thanks for what you've done this past year." I know they may only be rocks to some people, but to me, they represent a change and a fresh start. Maybe they represent forgiving someone you never thought you could, or taking a spiritual step that seemed really intimidating, or perhaps getting involved in leading in an area that has proved incredibly rewarding.
So this year, in addition to a list of hopes, goals, and achievements, I encourage you to spend some time remembering the good things the Lord's done this past year. I know it was very beneficial for me, and I hope it will be for you too.