Pause is a lost virtue these days, one I find fruitful but too often missing in my life. And pause with reflection is even better. Being creatures hurried along by time, we run the risk of failing to pause and reflect, to learn from ourselves and from others, and we live our lives in peril when we fail to remember.
We just passed the one year anniversary of Crave Something More, and as I reflect on the past year, I am deeply grateful to God for His faithfulness in my life. To revisit blog posts or pictures or journal entries is to walk with warm memories. I can remember feelings of elation or pain that stoked my writing fires on certain nights, or I can recall comments you wrote that touched me in ways you will never know this side of eternity. These memories are good, and I am thankful you have been a part of them, in reading, in sharing, and in praying.
We tend to remember the events of our past as better than the originals, but there’s no great harm in that. What does imperil us is our failure to see God’s working in us, through His grace, for our good, in both blessing and loss. Without these times of reflection, whether daily, or monthly, or yearly, we trade a larger perspective for a smaller one.
As one means of reflection, I’ve pulled together several lists of posts from the past year that I hope will prove to be encouraging to you in your own journeys. Perhaps there’s a post that you’ll want to revisit as you might an old friend, or there may be one you missed that nudges your heart even now. So here they are:
Your Favorites (Most Read)
- Can We Overemphasize the Gospel?
- I Just Lost My Job, And God Is Good
- I Hate to Read…Well, Then, Here’s a Book
- He Didn’t Even Notice
- I’ve Given Up Everything For This
Your Favorites (Most Commented, Not Above)
- To Will Or Not To Will
- 7 Reasons To Not Care About Blog Traffic
- Unseen Fruit Of Obedience
- What Advice Would You Give New Parents?
- A Jew, A Muslim, An Agnostic, And Pizza
- Why The Cross Matters Most
- Dear Kayli Anneke
- I Am A Thief
- God Spoke To Me This Very Morning
- I Almost Sold My Integrity for $2.25
In all this, my hope is that Jesus is being proclaimed as the greatest satisfaction to our soul’s deepest cravings, because He is superior in every way to all else life can offer. I hope and pray you are finding Him to be your all-satisfying treasure, and I look forward to many more occasions to delight in Him with you.
Question: As you reflect on the last year of your own life, what do you see?