We're given just a few of these days--days when we corral the Christmas decor back into boxes and try to designate a place for the new clothing and toys. It's the holiday break, and routines are relaxing into leisure while the clutter brings with it a rising sense of chaos. If you're feeling a growing need to straighten everything out, I'm right there with you! But hold off a day or two before you take on your ambitions, because the new year is around the corner, and this is the best time to learn.
You see, we're at the signpost between 2013 and 2014, and signposts are perfect moments for reflection. It's from these moments of looking back that we learn to see ahead more clearly. Our confidence grows from seeing how God has worked in our life--what He allowed to happen, how it altered our intended path, and how He loved us through those moments.
Feeling uninspired? Here are 46 quotes for reflection accompanying cultural photographs from the Matador Network. What strikes me about these quotes and images is how we can more easily grasp the truths of life when we travel from new experiences back to places of comfort and rest.
I hope you get to have a truly meaningful reflection and conversation with a favorite friend or two. Add the warmth of a fireplace or a hot drink, and you've got a wonderful way to end the year. I'll join you in the reflecting. Here's to what 2013 has been!