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 By Christopher Simon

Year End Reflections

“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” ~ Lamentations 3:40 NIV

The end of the year can be a trying time for many. The hustle and bustle of the holidays, together with the felt need to spend more money than one can afford adds stress to our lives. Amid all the noise and celebrations, one should take some time for quiet reflection at the end of every year.Where did we fall short this past year?
Surely all of us have done things we wish we hadn’t and failed to do some things that we should have. Some of those things might be items on our personal or professional development checklists, but more importantly we should reflect on where we have failed morally and spiritually. Are we closer to God now than we were a year ago? Is our prayer life better than it was a year ago, and is our treatment of family, friends and co-workers better as well? Reflect on what went well in your moral and spiritual progress this past year, and try to redouble your efforts in the areas that might not have gone so well.
There are a lot of ways to work on our characters, and perhaps one of the best was Ben Franklin’s system, which he describes in his autobiography. Franklin sought to perfect thirteen different virtues, and he worked on each one for a week, allowing him to work through all thirteen virtues four times over the course of the year.