The second step for us to take as we approach the end of 2015 is to LEARN from what this year has taught us.
Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. – 1 Corinthians 10:11
One of the incredible things about the internet is how it’s made accessing information easy. With a few google and Wikipedia searches, we can have a working understanding of the concept in minutes. While this access to information is a blessing, it’s also a curse. Since information is so readily available, it’s easy to acquire a surface level knowledge about lots of things without doing anything with that knowledge.
We must be extremely careful that we don’t take the same approach to our faith and life. What did you learn from the past 12 months? We can so easily pass over them. What did you learn from your successes and times of blessings?
How about the times you made mistakes? Someone once said, “If a driver makes a mistake, it’s an accident, If a teacher makes a mistake, it’s a new theory and if a barber makes a mistake, it’s a new hair style.” We may try to deny it, we may even call it something other than a mistake, but the truth is we all make mistakes. We all do things we wish we did differently. What did you do this year that you don’t want to do again?
How about your trails? James wrote “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4. It would be nice if we could see the trials in our lives as options, But the fact is, we don’t have that option. Trials will come into the lives of every believer. We must remember that God never tests us without a reason. God’s ultimate purpose is to conform us into the image of Jesus Christ. God wants to produce a family likeness in us. This means that some difficulties and testings will show us immediate results while others will produce long-term ones.
- With all this in mind, what are the three best lessons you learned from the past 12 months?
- What were your doing during the time you felt closest to God in the past 12 months?