Strengthened with his power - a New Year reflection
This year’s New Year Bible reflection picks up the theme of work and productivity and focuses on how each of us can face whatever tasks or work await us in the year to come, whether your 'work' and 'tasks' are paid or voluntary, at home or away, at church or with family, serving or caring.
So much to do... so little time?
One of the recurring themes from the news this year has been the ‘productivity problem’. Compared with the rest of the G7 countries, the UK performs poorly on worker ‘productivity’ (the amount of ‘stuff’ we get done in the working day).
As we reflect on the year that has passed, we may see areas of our lives where we wish we had been more productive. For example:
- At work the lofty goals for projects don’t seem to be achieved as we had hoped.
- At home the list of tasks done is offset by those that have accrued or been put off.
- In our spiritual lives we may think that little progress has been made, and see more that we strive for.
How was your year?
Why not take a moment and write down your thoughts and feelings. Use the headings of work, home and spiritual life if that helps you. Do include somewhere any task or activity that takes up time (like washing the dishes or making coffee at church).
A closing prayer
Loving Heavenly Father, we pray for your provision and blessing for the year to come. Please help us to keep our eyes fixed on you and on the things that really matter. Please give us wisdom and discernment to know where and how we can best serve you through all we do. May your mighty strength work through us for your glory alone.
In Jesus’ name we pray,