It's that time of the year where my lovely husband starts reflecting on the past year. It's his yearly thing to do, and as a family, we are now pretty used to this annual event. To be honest, we all used to dread this as he'd get quite grumpy and non-communicative, and it was a good idea to give him his space for a few weeks.
Thankfully hubby's reflection time now leads him to a place of gratefulness and seeking God's wisdom and grace for the year ahead, rather than catapulting him into being down on himself or frustrated with his life. As a result, my man is much more positive and pleasant to be around, which we are all very grateful for.
A season to reflect is not a bad thing as it means we make time to think, study, pray and contemplate. Without reflection we can miss what is buried within our hearts and can push aside issues and miss opportunities and God's plan and strategy to fulfil them.
This is why taking the time to slow down and reflect on who you are, what God is doing and His plan for your life is one of the best ways to keep growing and developing into all you were created to be.
The bible says, "As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man." (Proverbs 27:10 ESV)
Today ask yourself, "Am I making time to reflect? "Do I have feelings and thoughts I'd rather not acknowledge or am disappointed and frustrated because of the course my life has taken?"
A solution is to prioritise some time to reflect with Jesus. He will help and enable you to see the hidden things of our hearts and our lives through His perspective and plan.
Where you feel you have failed or have disappointments and frustrations, He will, if you ask Him, give clarity, healing, energy to continue on your journey and direction for the right direction and path to take.
Where you are achieving your dreams and goals, God will encourage you to keep going, to dream bigger and teach you how to inspire others to do the same.
I encourage you to schedule in some quiet space to be able to reflect: to ponder, contemplate and consider all that you are thinking, feeling and doing so that you can continue to grow and step into your future. For as Soren Kierkgaard says, "life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards".
"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. Would you please help me 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 and centre myself in your purposes. In Jesus name Amen.