It is good to look forward and make New Year Resolutions, but it is also good to look backwards and make Old Year Repairs.

Acknowledging Our Contribution to Brokenness

Advent, the waiting time before Christ’s birth, is a time in which we recognize the brokenness in the world and a time in which we look forward towards the birth of the Savior. However, many of us fail to acknowledge our own contributions towards the brokenness of the world.

During the Advent season, we should attempt to not only look at the brokenness in the world, but we should attempt to look at the brokenness that we have contributed towards the world.

We may have missed that opportunity for the 2019 advent season, but the New Year is also a good time for looking back and acknowledging our contribution to the brokenness of the world.

Looking Backwards

As the New Year approaches, many of us will look forward towards the New Year and make preparations for it.

Some of us will make goals and New Year Resolutions, some of us will begin planning our travel schedules, and some of us will keep on going as if nothing is actually new.

As we transition from 2019 to 2020, let’s not only look forward towards 2020, but let’s also look backwards at 2019.

Old Year Repairs

It is good to look forward and make New Year Resolutions, but it is also good to look backwards and make Old Year Repairs.

Let’s examine 2019 and seek to repair the relationships that we have damaged or broken. Let’s examine our finances from 2019 and see what changes we need to make. Let’s examine our health from 2019 and see what we could do differently.

We should not only look forward to 2020 and say, “Let’s do better!” We should also look backwards at 2019 and ask, “What did I do?”

Let’s not just excuse 2019 and move on; but let’s apologize, repent, and seek forgiveness from God, others, and ourselves for the brokenness we’ve contributed to the world in 2019.