To Those Who Want 2016 to be Better Than 2015

Looking back by Alberto Otero GarciaHow was your 2015? Think about it, but only dwell on the positives. Hard to do? It is for me too. Why is it when we’re asked to assess ourselves we immediately go to the negatives—what didn’t go right, where we messed up, the people who didn’t do what we wanted them to do, the promotion that went to “the wrong person”, or more specific to this ministry, the Christmas gatherings with the various splinters of our family that are more taxing than joyous.

If we are going to have a better 2016, we need to appreciate all God did for us in 2015. For the majority of us, when all of the little and big things that went right are tallied up, it was actually a pretty good year. We have an incredible list of things to be thankful for.

Sunrays through the clouds by Groman123Maybe we were angry, but we didn’t lash out as much. Perhaps at this Thanksgiving’s dinner you chose not to respond to the hurtful thing your parent or stepparent said. Did you know God smiles when we choose to do the right thing? Psalm 103 verse 13 says, “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender andcompassionate to those who fear him.”1

God’s perspective on our lives is important because this year we’re going to look at the various ways our parents’ divorce is still impacting us. Anger, unforgiveness, and triggers are just some of the problems we’ll discuss. But our healing is built on acknowledging and giving thanks to God for how far He has brought us already.

So take time now for one last look at 2015, and may your heart be filled with wonder and thanks for all the ways God is working in your life.

1NLT
Photos:
Looking back by Alberto Otero Garcia
Sunrays through the clouds by Groman 123

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