For example, for our kids’ birthdays we encourage them not to have a big party with gifts, rather allow people to help us raise funds for the less privilege ones or no party rather using the money we would have spent to bless lesser privileged children (you can read more about it HERE).
From the first year of our marriage, there’s been another little tradition that we really look forward to, it is our annual year-end review. We would leave the kids behind and head to a restaurant or a coffee shop just to talk through the past year, remembering the highlights, answered prayers, low points and set our faith goals for the next year.
HERE ARE SOME REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TRY DOING THIS AS WELL
1. REMEMBER THE GOODNESS OF GOD
If there is one thing we humans are good at, it is remembering the bad but forgetting the good. There is a responsibility on each of us remember the goodness of God.Psalm 103:1, 2
1 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
Our annual sit down allows us to take time to remember all the wonderful things God had done through the year. Now not everything would have gone our way, few of our faith goals would remain unanswered or had got a NO for it. But the good that God had done always outweighs the rest. To remember the goodness of God requires us to be intentional about it.
2. SET THE FAMILY GOALS FOR THE NEXT YEAR
There is nothing more detrimental for husband and wife to be on different pages about family priorities and decisions. Our yearly sit down sets the tone for how to prioritise and plan for the year ahead.
Candice and I have learned the art of reasoning and agreeing for the sake our marriage. Its been moments like these that helps us say yes to the most import things. More than anything else, this is a great opportunity to start the year with the power of agreement between us, as husband and wife.
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
3. OPPORTUNITY TO DEDICATE THE COMING YEAR TO THE LORD
We believe that more than planning for the future, it is ensuring that your plans / goals are according to GOD’s will that is more important in you achieving your goals.
We are privileged because our spiritual family has an automatic platform where we are encouraged to fast and pray in the first week of every year. Asking GOD to bless whatever we have written in our faith goals is something that we dare not to miss out.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?