It’s New Year’s Eve! For some people, reflecting on the past year gives them a feeling of triumph—they’ve made great strides, accomplished important goals, and overcome many challenges. But for others, reflecting on the past year can feel wearisome, filled with regret and disappointment. Here are some quotes to help you look up instead of down and give you a glimmer of hope for the New Year to come.
1. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” —Gandalf
It’s easy to look back at the past year with a tinge of regret. We notice the blessings, but also the holes—the baggage we still carry, the things that still need repair, the areas of our lives that still need refining and watering. It’s tempting to think: “If only I had realized this earlier…” or “I thought I’d be in a different place by now…” But we all know that none of us can turn back time or speed it up. We can’t erase our mistakes or skip the growing pains that come with learning. So do what you can with the time you have now.
2. “Sometimes it feels like you’ve been buried, but actually you’ve been planted.” —Anonymous
You might look back at the past year and realize you’ve hit your lowest point. But these experiences which made you feel ‘down in the dirt’ could be the very same soil that enables you to grow.
3. “Your speed doesn’t matter. Forward is forward.” —Anonymous
Sometimes it feels like others are progressing, but you’re still stuck in the same rut or moving in an excruciatingly slower pace. Do yourself a favour and stop being hard on yourself. Forward is still forward. You’re not moving backwards. Slow motion is better than no motion.
4. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” —Robert Louis Stevenson
Sometimes it feels like all your effort has amounted to nothing. But don’t be fooled. Effort matters, even in the absence of immediate visible results. Be patient, celebrate your efforts, and trust that they will eventually become fruitful in God’s time. Don’t let anything discourage you from ‘planting seeds’. You might be surprised which circumstances they sprout up!
5. “Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.” —Kahlil Gibran
Maybe you’re ending the year off with unanswered questions. Perhaps you thought you were heading in the right direction, only to realize you were totally wrong and are struggling to redirect. Maybe you face tremendous uncertainty for what the future holds. Maybe you don’t even fully understand yourself—your wants and desires, your calling and vocation. Take heart: perplexity is the beginning of knowledge. Don’t be afraid of your questions.
6. “Rock bottom was the foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” —J.K. Rowling
Finally, if you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom—sometimes that’s exactly the inciting incident you need to rebuild, reform, and recreate your life with completely new material. God allows you to hit rock bottom so that He can be the one to save you when you have nothing left, to transform your life into something greater than you imagined. So usher in the New Year with hope in Him.
WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🙂
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
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