Genesis 1:31 – 2:4:
God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good! It was evening, it was morning – Day Six. Heaven and earth were finished, done to the last detail. By the seventh day God had finished His work. On the seventh day He rested from all His work. God blessed the seventh day. He made it a Holy Day because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done. (The Message)
Finally the year has ended according to the Christian calendar. Naturally, we all begin to take stock of all that has happened all through the year. We begin to review the status of every event – finished, ongoing, not started, terminated. After this we begin to analyse our findings. Wise people begin to look at the root causes and ascertain the effects. It can be a very emotional time doing this and for this reason, some people choose not to go through this route.
Running away from the present is definitely not a good idea. It is not the Godly way to go. It does not really matter what the analysis will show, what matters is that, like the One in whose image we are made, we need to look over everything we have made, everything we have been part of and everything that has affected us. The reason why we must do this is so that there will be motivation to face the future. Unfortunately, people after analyzing their present get demotivated and downcast. Why? Because they see all that has happened all through the year from a disempowered perspective.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not insinuating that there might not have been challenges, or that it was all rosy, I am only saying that despite it all, the perspective with which you see things ultimately informs your motivation. The scripture above shows that God chose to see everything as good. It was this resolve to see everything he had done as good that gave him the impetus to rest. He went ahead to bless the day of rest and not only that declared it a holy day. What motivation!
As this year ends, I admonish us to see good in everything that has happened this year. Do not presume that it is all bad. Let your mindset be that there was and good in the bad and more good in the good you have already seen. Be like our father; see good in it all and get ready for a fulfilling 2016. Happy new year in advance!

Uduak Daniel