The older I get the more intentional I become at taking time to look back. Not looking back for the sake of nostalgia, but looking back to mark accomplishments and failures and ways in which I have been challenged. There are probably endless appropriate ways to do this. Last year Facebook launched its Year In Review. As expected, it was met with mixed acceptance. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I wasn’t sure how accurate it was. But that was last year. It hit me differently this year. As I scrolled down through this brief page (which you can see by clicking on the calendar above), I saw that it had (mostly) accurately captured many of the high points of my year. Now, granted, that is also a part of how I use Facebook. It has become a sort of online journal for me. A chance to save words and events and visuals and well, memories!
This is not an advertisement for Facebook. As any tool, it is just that… a tool. I think the beauty of looking back – especially for those of us who already believe – is that we have a chance to reflect on the goodness of God in our lives. Ways He protected us. Ways He helped us heal when we were hurting. Ways He reminded us why His way is best. So as I look back I see so many beautiful things. If you know anything about the challenges that this year has brought our family… that is no small statement.