I don't know about you but I'm not into the whole New Year's thing. I used to make New Year’s resolutions but I never seemed to keep them and I finally gave up altogether. But I do believe that there is benefit in looking back over the past year. There certainly is benefit from thanking God for all the things that He's given us. My way of doing that is to write a Christmas letter, where I recall the highlights from the past year to share with family and friends. And I like that it gets me to connect with everyone at least one time a year. I honestly consider it more of a privilege than an obligation.
There's another thing that I do at this time of year. I watch and listen for a verse that is to apply to my life for the coming year. I actually just started receiving them within the last few years and I don't get them every year but I really appreciate them the years that I do. This year’s verse is John 6:63. This is a red letter verse (Jesus talking) and the New International Version reads, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” I like this verse because it reminds me that looking to how I’m feeling isn’t what matters. If I really want to be happy, to have life, I need to look to the Spirit of God.
Have you thanked God for taking you through the past year? Do you see particular ways God has helped you throughout the year? Is God talking to you about something for the coming year? I pray that He is.
God bless you in the coming year.