Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. (Pro 27:23)
This time of year we hear about many “Year-end reviews”. These occur in many genres including sports, entertainment, business, news, etc.
Some are just for fun but many in the business world are very important. These are used to evaluate how well they performed over the past 12 months and determine how to prepare to make the next year better.
I suggest you do your own spiritual personal year-end review. Performing a year-end check up on the business of YOU can make a huge difference in the year to come.
This evaluation should be done before you set your goals for next year. (I will speak about goal setting in an upcoming post)
There are many methods to accomplish a personal year-end review. Below are some simple seed thoughts to get you started.
Regardless how you do it;
First – set aside the time to do a good job. This my take a couple of hours.
Second – pick the place. Find a comfortable and private place. It should be a place where you will not be interrupted.
Third – gather your tools. These would include any journals, last year’s calendar, important communications, etc. Gather anything to help you remember what happened. (It is amazing how hard it is to remember the details of even the major events of our life accurately.)
Fourth – Determine method of noting results. It can be paper and pen, Evernote, or your favorite word processor. Whatever works for you.
Fifth – Pray. Ask God for wisdom and pray throughout the review seeking God’s input and the light of the Spirit.
As you begin, determine the questions you will ask BEFORE you start evaluating.
Here are some sample questions to ask yourself.
What things went well
- Divide these into categories;
- Things that just happened – God surprised me
- Things that that I planned and worked on to see this accomplished
What things did not go well
- Divide these into categories;
- Things in my control
- Things outside my control (Acts of God)
- Things I should have seen coming
NOTE: Concentrate and seek to find personal issues and weakness that allowed yourself to be surprised about things you could have prevented. You may not have been able to prevent the event, but you could have lessened the negative impact if you had seen it coming. (No planning, no calendar review, lack of counsel, etc.)
Remember, it has been said that “blind sighted equals blind-sided”
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2Co 2:11)
Some details to focus upon;
From beginning of your year to the end…
- Was my walk with God stronger, sweeter, closer or not?
- Which of my goals were met and which were not?
- Did I grow spiritually or did I spiritually decline?
- Was my giving to the church up or down?
- Did I increase in my faithfulness or did I become less faithful?
- Are my family and relationships stronger or weaker than at the first of last year?
- Am I financially more solvent or less than the previous year?
- Did I become more involved in ministry or less?
- Did I witness to more people or less than previous years?
- Write your own…
If you are really brave, you could ask someone to help you evaluate your spiritual year. Ask them how they perceive your spiritual growth in these areas.
Any person you ask you must be able to give you a true and honest input. Remember, if you asked, be mature enough to hear and consider the answers.
This will be a challenge, especially the first time, but if you are honest and use this as a tool, you can have a better year to come.
Once this review is complete, you are ready to set your spiritual goals for the next 12 months.
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