American culture is very future-oriented. We simply don’t think we have the time to hit the pause button and reflect. We want to get on to the next thing and then the next thing, etc. We are in a hurry to get to whatever is next, because we don’t want to miss out on anything. Ironically, we end up missing out on many important things. When we don’t take the time to stop and look back, we miss out on what God is trying to teach us.
It is very counter-cultural to pause and take time to reflect. Because of this, many people have lost the ability and discipline of reflection. When we look back, we can remember and marvel at God’s faithfulness to us. That is why keeping a journal can be so helpful. It allows us to look back and see the events and circumstances where God sustained us.
Before I charge into 2020, I’m going to take some time to look back. Why don’t you try it too?
Reflections: Look back at any journals, calendars, or records you have kept in 2019 and meditate on what the Lord may have been teaching you. Ask the Lord to show you anything he wants to change in you as you begin a new year.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the instruction of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.