As 2021 draws to a close, my wife and I continue our annual tradition. Listing the major events of the past year, we strive to understand our lives better so as to be more intentional in the coming year.
Another pregnancy, all our children growing older, homeschooling, striving to achieve and maintain the right work-life balance; going places, cultivating relationships, and investing ourselves; building a godly legacy, trying to influence those around us toward a fuller love for God and toward deeper faith in His unchangeable character of purpose – all of this and more goes into the mix.
Making sense of it all can feel a bit like searching for needles in haystacks.
All together, the whole process is predicated on one simple truth. Life is a gift from God, and we are stewards entrusted with that gift by a Master who calls us to invest ourselves in loving Him and one another truly and comprehensively.
The whole year is made up of four quarters. Each quarter is made up of three months. Each month is broken down into days on which major events happened in our family life.
Compiled from the record-keeping we have done together a week at a time throughout, it all goes into a timeline in the end. And from this timeline, we are able to study certain trends.
Sometimes those trends are happy to reflect on. Other times, we wince with pain and regret about situations we wish we had handled differently.
Thankfully, the expedition does not succeed or fail on our ability to execute perfectly. Instead, by God’s grace we overcome all manner of trials and temptations and the testing of our faith which develops perseverance. At the end of it all, our hope is receiving the crown of life which God has in store for us in Christ.
In the meantime Lauren and I will be busy from now until the official close of 2021 cataloging and assessing our recent investments and their returns.
How did we spend our time, attention, and money? And what was the result? The answer to these questions sets the stage, we hope, for yet wiser investment of our talents in the years ahead.
“God willing, we will live and do this or that.”
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