December 26, 2017
Now Christmas is behind us, the crumbs of the Christmas cookies line the cookie trays and the smell of pine that lingered in the air is being replaced by pine needles laying on the floor. The Season is coming to an end for another year.
“Living in a way that reflects one’s values is not just about what you do, it is also about how you do things.” – Deborah Day
With every ending the time to reflect back on the year is upon us. Now is the time to truly and honestly open our hearts to view every aspect of the year past; the good, the bad, and even the ugly.
Did you experience life altering events? Did you buy a home, have a baby, experience a deployment, loose a job or do a career change? Did you experience the loss of a loved one or experience the trauma of health issues within your family? All of these and many more can be either joyous or life changing events within your life.
How did you handle them? Were your emotions all over the place because the event rocked your world in a negative way or were you stedfast and gracious about how you handled it? How have these events affected your heart? Did they make it cold and hard or did they cause you an abundance of joy and love.
No matter what the event was, now is the time to evaluate how it changed your life and affected your heart, both positively and negatively. Determine how you were affected so you can make the necessary changes to better improve your life in the year to come.
“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”
Proverbs 27:19 NIV
The objective is to live and learn through all of our life events so we can be constantly changing to better ourselves both inside and out. We want our hearts to reflect our lives and for most of us this is a positive reflection.
Take the time this week to examine your life and your heart. Prayerfully ask God to guide you through this quest and ask Him to heal any brokenness that needs mending while allowing you to maintain all that went well.
Many hugs friend as you take the time to examine your life. It may not be easy, but in the end it will help you to heal anything that needs to be healed thus giving you a heart and life reflection you will be proud to call your own.