Wow, it is 12:27 am, January 1st, 2017, a new year!
Psalms 39:4-6 “Lord, make me to know my end, And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am. “Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath.
In the very beginning God made markers for time; days, and seasons, and years. At a marker like right now I can reflect and think about the past 365 days in regards to events that happened, what I did that made any difference, and how I changed as a person. I can ponder and evaluate how I did as a pastor, a husband, a father, grandfather, and friend. My purpose in looking in the mirror as it were is to “press on to maturity”, to teach and preach better, to love my wife more like Jesus loved the church, to more powerfully influence my kids and grandkids, and positively influence every person God sovereignly brings into my life.
A phrase that is used often in the Bible is “consider and gain insight”. To live a year and not learn from all that happened in it would be a shame. Learning, gaining insight, growing in wisdom doesn’t just happen because I live, I have to seek it like precious treasure, to want it with great passion, then I will gain it.
Reflective thinking is like praying, it is easy to lose focus and mentally wander off to something else, and even just fall asleep. The more often I spend some time thinking, pondering reflecting on what happened and why, what I did and said and was it good, and what are my motives, the deeper I can go in my own heart. The Biblical statement, “the heart is desperately wicked, who can know it”, is not saying it is impossible, just that it is hard.
I don’t want to waste any part of last year by failing to grow and learn from every part of it.