So how was it for you? Hopefully it was a mix of good and bad. We all want to look back on good times, but there are always going to be struggles, too. And those are the things we would rather not remember. But hard times can be good times too.
The times in my life when I have gotten the strongest, grown the most, learned the most valuable lessons, are the times when I fought a battle. My heart was broken. Big plans fell through. I lost someone. I had to grieve, fall apart and learn to find my way back. Each time I did, I found a new normal. Life was no longer the same, but it could be good and I was better for the fight.
So I hope that as you reflect on 2015, you are thankful for the struggles you went through, the lessons you learned and the person you have become.
2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. ~James 1:2-4