Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
What a year 2021 was! As we end one and begin a new calendar year, it’s good to pause and reflect upon what was and what we hope will be. The promise above reminds us not to “dwell” on the past because God wants to do a new thing this year in and through us. But “reflection on the past” is not “dwelling on the past.” It is through reflection that we gain perspective and see more clearly the overarching, God-orchestrated, macro-movements of our lives.
Leaders are often too busy to stop and reflect. We always have more things to do and people to see. We take one item off of the do-list and add three more! Who has time to stop and think, let alone, pause to reflect?
Today…..now is the time to stop and reflect upon who you are becoming and what you are doing! Your personal diary, journal, or devotional notebook can be of great help as you look back and observe themes or topics the Lord has been addressing. Here are some questions to get you started in this reflection process.
Are you satisfied with your own personal spiritual walk and growth? More importantly, is Jesus pleased with your pursuit of Him? How’s your current pace of life? Is it sustainable long-term? Do you have a margin in your schedule? Are you living and leading from an overflow? How’s your family doing? Are you paying the price to experience the marriage you committed to on your wedding day? Are you investing deeply in your children and grandchildren, knowing that the years for significant influence are rapidly passing you by?
What fears are you trying to ignore related to your leadership? Are you leading with faith and courage? Are you more concerned about your reputation or God’s glory? Is the vision of where you are leading to focused or foggy? Do you have a leadership team that is unified and empowered around a shared vision? Are you making progress in the God-given mission that you intended to accomplish?
These and many more questions are helpful for taking stock of where you are today and where you intend to be/go tomorrow. Use this season for reflection and refocus as you start a new year full of new hope and new beginnings.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV
HAPPY NEW YEAR!