Christmas, New Years Day, holiday parties, travel, and all kinds of activities seem to run together during this time of the year. If we’re not careful we can forget to stop and Reflect before the New Year begins. I would like for us to Reflect on what God has done this year and reflect on what God is asking us to do. In part one of this series we will take a look at what reflection is about and what is required of us.
Webster dictionary defines Reflection as: “Mental concentration; careful consideration.” I truly believe that Webster took this right from the pages of scripture. I think Reflection truly is a mental concentration. Before we can think or does anything else when it comes to goal setting me truly believe that we have to mentally stop and concentrate.
If one is truly called to the disciple of Reflection, yes I believe that it truly is a discipline. Let’s take a look at four scripture verses that God calls us to in examining the steps of Reflection.
1. We have to stop and wait.
Philippians 4:13 – But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
2. True Reflection involves seeking God’s agenda and not our own.
Isaiah 40:31 – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
3. Reflection, involves seeking God’s word to back up what we believe the spirit is telling us.
Matthew 6:33 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
4. Reflection involves Trusting in God and not our own limitation or lack thereof.
Ephesians 6:10-18 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
See Part 2