We are more than halfway into this beautiful season of Advent, and the year is coming to its end.
So how can you finish the year well? I did what Erin Salmon did here beautifully, following Erin Loechner’s example. Reflect on the year and see what went well. Recognize the good, what brought life and inspiration, the things you fell in love with. Make them non-goals — a part of your life.
Here is my list of the good, the great, the things I loved and found.
I found my place at church. This is not to say that I didn’t have a place before. But this year? I found my place — where God wants me, where He called me. I took on the position of being the Children’s Ministry leader. Our Children’s Ministry is a growing ministry, and therefore it requires quite a bit at times. But this is the place where God called me and He gave me the skills and gifts to do it. I also joined the worship team. This one God had to call me to several times before I said yet. I’m nowhere near great in my piano playing skills but I am giving what I can, and God is blessing us and our church through the beautiful worship these days.
I learned to see the blessing in suffering. This year has been hard in so many ways — family, friends, church, work. Very few things are actually bad; but they are hard. And when your life consists of many hard things at the same time, it wears you out. I prayed and discussed this with the Lord often. I also discussed this with trusted friends many times. But it was when I read Elisabeth Elliot’s Keep a Quiet Heart, that I suddenly understood it. That growing through these hard seasons? It can only happen here on earth. Because the next thing is eternity, and there are no hard things in there. There is no suffering in there. So this beautiful process of growing can only happen here and now.
I read more. You have also seen this in the amount of book reviews I have posted. I love reading; I always have. But back when I was studying, it felt hard to pick up a book to read after a full day of studying. Now that I have moved on to working full-time, reading for pleasure feels so much easier. However, this requires being intentional as watching Netflix is still an easier choice. So I am making a choice and I’m being intentional about reading.
Other things that have made me happy:
- Buying fresh flowers weekly.
- Being more intentional with Instagram and connecting with people there.
- Making time for friends weekly.
- Going to bed early and waking up early.
- Learning to make things myself — like natural cosmetics or jam.
- Eating chocolate and being just fine with that.
- Going out for walks.