It’s the last day of 2020. I’m ready for 2020 to be over but that also means another year of accomplishments, experiences and opportunity has past and I don’t really want to rush the days because it means I am a year more mature.  I spent time (not in my thinking chair) but rather on a walk pondering questions like… What are the most important lessons I learned this year? What are the best things that happened to me? What challenges did I overcome? What new skills did I learn? How did I have fun? I’m not sure that I actually came up with definitive answers. My brain was on overload, too many choices to pick from (not to deny the intentional and un-intentional forgotten memories) but all of this got me thinking about “how am I doing?”
So I ask you, “How are you doing?”  Let me invite you to grade yourself from 1 to 10 with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. What grade do you give yourself?
Now, the more difficult questions. What does your score mean to you and what do you need to do to become healthier, happier, stronger and more resilient?
It helps me to think in little steps rather than big leaps. (I can spend more energy into creating a master plan than I give to implementing and executing it – or so it feels.  Little steps work.)  Incorporate whatever you identify as your need to be healthier, happier, stronger and more resilient into your daily living.  Sometimes it is that simple but as we all know it’s never that easy. Take some time to ponder and remember as one of my favorite quotes states, “The first step of a journey is great not for the distance it covers but for the direction it heralds.”
May God richest blessing be upon you and all whom you love.

Scripture Reading: Romans 15:13  
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Reflection Questions:
What is the most important lesson you learned this year?
What is the best thing that happened to you?
What did you learn about yourself?

Prayer: Holy God, I thank you for the many experiences and opportunities that occurred this past year. I lift up all the families impacted by the virus.  Surround those who grieve with your peace that passes all understanding and healing touch.  Amen.

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