Originally published December 31, 2008
At the end of the year we are usually scrambling to get everything on our to do lists out-of-the-way and cleaned and tidied up for a fresh start in the New Year. I also notice that at the end of the year there is a mad dash to use up all of the health reserve money that has been saved up tax-free throughout the year. I always thought that it must be interesting for doctors who get this year-end set of appointments for examinations, whether people need them or not. The end of the year is when most of us do the self-examinations of ourselves. We reflect back over the past year and evaluate how we did in life, work, spiritually, financially, etc. and we then set our goals for the New Year, some being called our “New Year’s Resolutions”.
This self-examination is good. Paul calls for us to do this continually in I Corinthians 11:28. David Wilkerson (since passed and now resting in Heaven), the author of The Cross and the Switchblade and former pastor of the Times Square Church in New York City said, “Paul further urges us, ‘Let a man examine himself…’. The Greek word for examine here means ‘scrutinize, test.’ The apostle is saying, ‘Test yourself—see if you’re walking according to God’s Word.’ We’re to constantly ask ourselves, ‘Am I changing? Am I becoming more loving and tenderhearted? Am I treating others with godly respect? Is my conversation becoming more righteous?” These are great questions of self-examination as we head into our new year of work life. As we set our goals for the person we want to be at work and to be a person who works to their purpose, we can be assured that our constant self-examination and adjustments and corrections are the way that God wants us to live and pursue His righteousness. So, set those goals this year with confidence and great expectations that this New Year will be a year of positive change for each of us.
Happy New Year!
Reference: I Corinthians 11:28 (New Living Testament)