As we draw near to another threshold of a new year, it is useful to reflect on the year that is ending. A good question to ask since “What has changed for your this year?”
I say it is a good question because shanah is the Hebrew word that means ‘year’ which comes from the root that means ‘change’. When changes have occurred in your life in the past year it is reason to rejoice because it means that you have made progress, you have grown. It had been a good year. But when nothing has changed then the other meaning of the root word – repeat – becomes true. In other words, this year was the same as the one before.
For me, there was a change in my lifestyle in 2016 – I started to run regularly. I even started working out in the gym. If not for anything, it is to stay healthy and fit.
Then, as you look forward, ask “What change are you expecting or hoping for next year?”
God has already challenged me through a verse of Scripture about something that I need to change. This will be what makes 2017 a good year.