Every year my husband takes time to reflect on the past year. It’s his yearly thing to do, and as a family, we are now pretty used to this annual event.
Reflection is not a bad thing to do as it means thinking, considering, studying, pondering, meditating, and contemplating. This is interesting because, for the most part, our fast-paced, production-focused world doesn’t give much time for reflection.
But when we do take time for reflection it helps us ascertain how we are travelling through life. We consider our health, relationships, spiritual journey, whether we are dealing with our hurts and disappointments or carrying them around with us. As we reflect, we can readjust and refocus on our goals and the dreams God has placed in our hearts.
The bible says, “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.” (Proverbs 27:10 ESV) Yet without reflection, we can miss what is buried within our hearts and therefore push aside issues that need our attention and God’s plans and purposes and strategy to fulfil them.
Today ask yourself, why don’t I stop and take more time to reflect? Is it because I am afraid of what I might have to face, or of my disappointment because of the course my life has taken? Or am I so rushed and exhausted I don’t stop long enough?
A solution is to prioritise some time to reflect on Jesus. He will help and enable us to see the hidden things of our hearts and our lives through His perspective and plan. Where we feel we have failed or have disappointments and frustrations. He will, if we ask Him give us the wisdom to make better decisions, heal our hurts, energise us to keep on going on our journey and direct us in the right paths to take. We are achieving our dreams and goals. He will encourage us to dream bigger and teach us how to inspire others to do the same.
I encourage you to schedule in some quiet space to reflect: ponder, contemplate and consider all that you are thinking, feeling and doing so that you continue to grow.
“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards”. (Soren Kierkegaard)
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Prayer: Lord, thank you for this day and your hand upon my life. Please help me to take some time to stop, reflect and listen to your guidance so that I can continue to grow into all that you created me to be. In Jesus name