If you’re like me, you’re Christmas-ed out on December 26th, and your only goal is to stay in your pajamas all day. You smile over the pictures you took, look at everyone else’s pictures on Facebook, and eat leftovers.
But by December 27th, the holiday glow fades into post-holiday blues for some of us. You spent too much, you ate too much, and the fun celebration you looked forward to is over. Maybe it wasn’t as much fun as you hoped.
Then there’s the New Year coming. You’d better make some goals for yourself because everyone else is. You take a look at last year’s goals and realize you forgot all about them by February.
Before you start setting goals for 2015, remember this:
Sometimes you have to look back before you look forward.
Looking back first to remember what God has done has several benefits:
- It increases your sense of gratitude and abundance.
- It helps you grow as you reflect on what you’ve learned.
- It helps ward off post-holiday blues.
- It puts you in a better position to set goals for your future.
My favorite post-Christmas project is to write a recap of the past year.
You might be rolling your eyes and asking, “Who has time for that?” I keep it simple. I spend one or two hours making a list of highlights, blessings I’m thankful for, and ways I grew. I keep my summary under two pages.
This morning I got creative and made a mind map, complete with doodle drawings, to help me reflect back on the great things God did for me during 2014.
13 Questions for Reviewing Your Year:
1. Did you choose a word for yourself in 2014? Did it affect your year?
2. How did you grow?
3. Did you learn anything new?
4. What are you thankful for?
5. What blessings did you enjoy as a family?
6. How did you grow in your marriage?
7. Did you experience any milestone events? (weddings, special birthdays, births)
8. How did you see God’s faithfulness and provision?
9. What did you most enjoy doing?
10. Did you take any risks or make any steps of faith?
11. What special blessings or miracles did God send your way?
12. What Bible verses encouraged or challenged you the most?
13. What books did you read? Which ones impacted you most?
If you feel post-holiday blues coming on, how about taking some time to recall God’s goodness to you this past year? Your spirits will be lifted as you remember what He’s done for you.
Your recap of 2014 might be your best insurance against depression and doubt in 2015. I print mine and tape in to the inner cover of my new day-timer, so I can get it out whenever I need a reminder of God’s faithfulness.
Now it’s your turn. Will you share your answer to one of these questions in the comments?
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