As the end of the year draws to a close, I start thinking about what I’ve learned during the past 12 months. “It would be a poor result of all our anguish and our wrestling if we won nothing but our old selves at the end of [the past year]” (George Eliot). Each year I write a few pages of “Reflections” answering these questions:
- What are a few highlights to remember during the last 12 months?
- Describe an important truth I’ve learned.
- What are some ways I’ve progressed this year?
- What have I learned from someone’s example?
- Describe a trial and what I learned from it.
- Describe a book, poem, song, or scripture that affected me in a deep and personal way?
- Describe a happy moment this year.
- What were some tender mercies or miracles from the Lord?
- List some things I’ve accomplished this year.
- What are some things I will work to improve this next year?
Collecting these yearly evaluations into a binder makes them accessible to review and measure progress. If this list sounds daunting, try answering just one. I think you’ll find, as I have, that it’s worth the effort.