I love New Years Day and the turn of the new year, largely because it’s a time where we all take the opportunity to reevaluate our lives, assess where we’ve been, and plan where we’re going. It’s a phenomenal event, pivotal, and magnificent. I hope you all take the time to do it.
As for my assessing ’08 I found that I’d been so greatly blessed. I had a splendid year, nearly incomparable in fact. Even in spite of such tough times. The brief time I’ve taken to reflect has surely manifested the Lords hand in my life, for truly, I’m unworthy of such blessing, and certainly incapable of creating such a great year autonomously.
The realization of that reflection caused me to rededicate my life in many respects (illustration of my post “Gratitude, the key to righteous desire“). One of those areas of rededication is with my blog. I felt strongly (as I mention here), that this was an endeavor the Lord wanted me to undertake. He’s blessed me with the talents to do it, and it’s my duty to use those talents appropriately, leaving room for the Spirit to magnify my efforts so that they’ll be of enduring value.
But the whole process of reflection upon the past with the perspective of today tends to call out the starkest instances of entropy experienced in our lives (which I explain here). Those areas where we’ve let slip the most. Those are the areas we need to proactively rededicate ourselves to.
Life is not casual. Life is engaging, and requires us to be engaged with it. Spend too much time as a bystander, and you find your life is filled with more regret, than accomplishment and opportunity.
“Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness”.
Doctrine and Covenants 58:27