Time does not stop. One season quickly passes to the next, year after year as we grind our way through life. And while we might stay busy and accomplish many good things, we still need regular times to reflect on who we are and how we show up in the world.
Animals live by instinct. They don’t have reasons for doing what they do; they’re only following their instinctive drives.
On the other hand, God has given us the ability to reflect and consider the actions we take. We get to ponder our choices – contemplating what they mean for us and how they might make an impact for good in the world.
But while we have this ability, we must still exercise it. And all too often we live unreflective lives – not much better than the animals mindlessly going through the motions of our life until we die.
- How is my soul doing these days?
- What desires are currently stirring my heart and inviting me to wake up to the fullness of life God has for me today?
- Where do I see the need for God’s kingdom to advance in my life? And what role do I play to participate with what God is up to here?
- How are the hearts of those within my kingdom? Are there areas in which more of my presence, touch, and blessings are needed?
Of course, this list can go on and on. And the point is not to exhaust every question in one sitting. But it is to intentionally take the time to reflect on our life, who God has called us to be, and how our life participates in the larger story God is telling.
In the end, we become ineffective and waste the time God has given us when we don’t take the time to reflect.
Discover all that God has for you by pondering often who he has created you to be and life he has given you to live.