Do you have the past twelve months etched in your mind? As the year comes to a close I have so many questions that I wish we could sit down and discuss. I would love to know your highlights and your struggles from 2020? How were you impacted by the pandemic? What encouraged you? What gave you joy?
Typically, I end my year asking myself three things:
- what I’m doing?
- why am I doing it?
- does it bring glory to God?
Here’s a video I did a few years back that goes into more detail:
For me, this year feels a little more difficult to evaluate. How about you?
Grief, loss, lockdowns, an extended time in the States helping out my mother, left me feeling empty. I struggled to keep up with all of my healthy habits. After the bodybuilding competition I’d been training for was canceled, I managed to keep moving, but it wasn’t quite the same as intense. It took a while to get the fire back.
There has been joy for me this year. Over 7300 people have found encouragement, strength, and made a connection with faith and fitness through the devotional #praysweateatrepeat on the YouVersion Bible app.
I’m grateful that technology allowed my husband and me to connect with our family in Australia and counseling clients in Belize.
I’m grateful for books that changed my life, deep conversations, and the opportunity to explore new foods.
I’m especially grateful that Christ, our solid Rock, our sure Foundation, is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore!
My prayer is that you have some highlights to savor, moments that took your breath away, and a deep joy that helps you appreciate being alive and able to move. I look forward to continuing our journey of exploring faith, fitness, food, and focus together as we seek to harness the transformative power of godly habits.
Let’s Reflect: Take a look at the three questions from above. Journal your answers. Pray about what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and ask yourself, “does it bring God glory?”
Let’s Pray: Father God, the events of 2020 may have caught us off guard. But, You have gone before us and even while standing beside us, and nothing took You by surprise. We are grateful to have survived this year. So many people didn’t live to see today. But, by Your grace, You’ve brought us to this moment. Tune our hearts to love others the way You love. Help us to value and steward our temples well. Transform us from the inside out and may all that we are and all that we do bring You glory. Amen.