My absolute favorite time of the year is the Christmas season. I love everything about it. Decorations, baking goodies, buying gifts for everyone, watching Hallmark movies, and spending time with family. It just doesn’t get any better does it?
But one of the things I love most about this season is the anticipation of what is to come in the next year. We get the chance to start over. We can make changes and adjustments if we need to in order to experience something different.
If you are like me, you are wanting next year to be your best year yet, filled with reached milestones and growth in your life and family. Each year we need to evaluate our physical, emotional and spiritual health and discern what we need to adjust or implement.
Here are a few questions to consider as 2020 approaches.
- How are you doing physically? Have you had a checkup recently? Do you need to address any health concerns? Are you taking care of yourself? Are you active and getting regular exercise? Do you need to get more rest and relaxation in your life? All of these are areas of your life that you can consider and make plans to address these.
- How are you doing emotionally? Are there concerns in your life that you are avoiding? Do you need to process with a friend or a counselor? Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? All these areas need to be dealt with.
- How are you doing spiritually? Are you growing or complacent in your walk with Christ? Are you plugging into your church community or are you living isolated and alone? What do you need to do to take your next step to experience growth spiritually?
Our health in all of these areas carries over into every aspect of our lives. Being healthy is not only important personally but for everyone in your life you are in relationship with. When you can and while you can, you need to take an active role in improving in each of these areas. This is not to add more to your plate, but rather so you can be as healthy as you can be and have longevity in your life and ministry. Commit to an exercise plan and healthier eating habits. Make time for an annual physical. Consider counseling—even if you’re healthy, mental checkups are important for preventing issues from popping up down the line.
Most importantly, pay attention to your spiritual health. If you aren’t plugged into a Life Group, start there. If you aren’t involved in a Discipleship Group, make that a priority in this next year.
This is the perfect time to spend some time and reflect on this past year and think about what you need to do if anything in the coming year.