This upcoming Sunday is the first day of the new year. It’s a time to look forward to what’s coming and to reflect on what’s happened.
If we don’t reflect we run the risk of not realizing how we’ve grown, how we’ve changed, and how God’s spoken to us. There is an old spiritual technique called the Ignatian Examen. But in a simplified version you simply look back over a period of time and ask yourself these questions:
- When did I feel closest to God? When did I feel farthest from him?
- When did I feel full of generosity and grace? When didn’t I feel generous and gracious?
- Where did I notice God in the past year? When did I fail to notice him?