Engaging the Reflective
Living within a new year brings time for purposeful reflection. Spending time in meditation and devotion regarding personal improvement and best practices for Christian living is a commodity worth investing. How do you plan to be a better citizen of the King and how do you assess your performance of last year? For many the goal is to leave the past and all its experiences in the forgotten department of our memory, but one famous men’s basketball coach of Duke University said it is not forgetting your struggles that makes you tough, but remembering them.
The apostle Paul said, “…Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:14-17). He continued in his letter to the Colossians, “That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Colossians 4:4-6).
Reflection is a byproduct of repenting and the process of change. A soul cannot repent without engaging in reflection. Thus reflection is a critical component to Christian living. The concept of “let’s just move forward” is a covert denial of dealing with change as God requires.
Paul urges all to redeem the time, being circumspect of the ages and the current condition. To understand today, there must be some form of analysis of yesterday. We are all products of our past. We are blessed today because of the relationship others had with God centuries ago. Note the dynamic of Abraham and its impact on the church today, “That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba” (Genesis 22:17-19).
Remember who you are and reflectively redeem the time. You are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today!