An important part of each day is a moment of reflection. It is the time to pause and take stock of your day. It is the time to think about what has gone well, and what could be done better. It is a time to acknowledge and appreciate the progress you have made, and a time to plan and prepare for the future. It is a time to practice gratitude for the blessings you have been given, and for the challenges you have faced. It is a time to refocus and recharge, and to make sure you are on the right track. Taking a moment to pause and reflect each day is an invaluable practice that can help you stay focused and motivated, and can provide the clarity and direction needed to make the most of your time.
If that’s true, I believe it is, then why is it so hard to find the time to do it? By definition, reflection time requires us to look back at the best, but also some of the worst times of the day or week. It’s often painful when we examine our actions and have to admit our mistakes. This can cause some serious discomfort and most of us do whatever we can to avoid it. Also, many of us were never taught how to reflect with any intentionality. Pondering the past, and reflection are not the same thing. Praying and devotional time with God, though important, is also different than reflecting.
So, how can I help you? At the beginning or end of each day, consider asking yourself some questions. Record your answers. Here’s a sample of questions I ask myself. Is there something I’m avoiding? Were my strengths and gifts used today? What have I done in the past that I need to start doing again? What’s one thing I could do in the future to improve? Who did I help? Did I hurt anyone? Did my character make a difference? Did my faith impact someone? In Psalm 139:23-24, we learn to ask God to help us reflect on our life, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”