Our new year is already 3 days old! Wow, time sure flies. I know that I am a person who will forget what happened yesterday unless I purposefully try to recall and remember it. Even more so with the year that just passed.
So I am a fan of purposeful reflection.
Last night, along with my small group, I engaged in some reflection on the events, moments, and things of 2010. It was wonderful, not only to spend some time thinking on last year, but also to hear how others saw their year and each of us were changed. We worked from a list of 20 guiding questions, but only got through a few. Below I am going to post some of the best questions and my responses. Maybe you should take some time to think of the answers in your own life. Knowing where we have been and what we have experienced helps us to know who we are right now.
What was the biggest think you learned this past year?
I learned about food. More than I ever wanted to know: what is in it, how it affects me, what God intended. New ways to think about food, what it means to be nourished and contented, how to shop, prepare, plan, and cook. And there is a lot more I still am working on learning.
What was the best way you used your time this past year?
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the time that I spend with my kids is the best way I spend my time. Teaching, talking, playing, learning together, instructing. And even though sometimes I may complain (a bit) I wouldn't give it away or trade it for anything!
What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?
Facebook (that was an easy answer),
In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?
This one is hard for me to answer, but I would say that learning transparency and honesty in relationships, especially in my small group was a growing for me.
Pick three words to describe 2010.
What were the best books you read this year?
I have read so many (many of which I have forgotten). But the ones that I haven't forgotten:
Cutting for Stone (Verghese), The Odyssey (Homer, transl. Fagles) and the Old Testament (seriously, I love the OT. And I'm reading it in The Message translation. Fantastic.)
What was the single best thing that happened this past year? This was a hard one. But if I had to choose only one, it was hearing each of my kids saying ," I love you, Jesus."