Looking Back & Stopping To Reflect
- By Ashish Joy
- Published 12/1/2006
Ashish Joy is a 22 years old Malayalee Christian. He is a Theology Major at Portland Bible College in Oregon State, USA. Ashish Joy is a musician, a writer and enjoys computers. Above all, he loves God with devoted passion and desires to see Christians rise up to become world-changers and trend-setters in the ministry and in the marketplace.
This year is coming to an abrupt close. Sights are now set on Christmas time and the New Year. I was telling this to a friend of mine and I want to tell it to you my readers. We think at times that as we get older that time goes by a lot quicker.
I was thinking about this the other day and I’ve theorized that as we mature and become older, we begin looking further backward and further forward into time. By this I mean we assess further backward into our past, and assess further forward into our future. So in some way I find it funny that I’m looking to the end of this year already even before December has officially rolled around.
This fall term for me has been one that has blessed me beyond belief. God has surprised me in so many ways. With friendships, ministry opportunities, and just biblical revelation. I’ve been able to spend more time in God’s presence and I’ve been gleaning much from Christ and who He is to me.
I’ve been taking in Christ and living out a holistic Christian faith that consumes every part of my being. It’s interesting to note (and I didn’t realize I believed this before), but I am under the impression that Christ comes to restore every aspect of our human existence not just our spiritual well-being. I want to experience Christ more so than ever before. I want to know Him in every part of my existence. I don’t want to compartmentalize my understanding of who He is, but I want to unify my existence before Christ. I want make every part of myself transparent before Him as I live this Christian life.
So in a lot of ways, this term has been a maturing time for me. I’ve grown spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. I’ve grown closer to friends. I’ve been learning the meaning of cultivating true love. I’ve begun being comfortable with who I am. I’ve been able to keep myself close to the Father’s heart as life comes at me and it’s been a beautiful thing. I’ve been learning to be honest with myself as I’ve been learning to be honest with my Heavenly Father.
I’m more excited about where I am, who I am becoming, the what I am to do with my life than ever before. In a lot of ways, this term has given me perspective on my future and destiny. It’s helped me understand God’s ever-present hand holding and guiding my life. I’ve been receiving more faith for my future, more faith for my calling, and more faith for what I’m supposed to do with my life.
As is always necessary, one needs to take time to reassess and reflect on the year. I’m about to begin that season a little prematurely this year. This month of December will be my time to think upon what the LORD has done in me this year and look forward to what God’s going to do next year. I’m going to cut off writing for this blog for the entire month of December and probably reinstate myself back into the blogging side of things once January rolls around. Just know that I’m not leaving. I’m still here just taking a month-long breather.
As this will be my last post for a while, I’d like to say thank you to those who have been reading this online blog of mine and kept yourself up to date on the things going on in my life. I want to encourage you to also reassess and reflect on what God has done in your life this past year as the Holiday season begins and the New Year arrives.