Reflect, Correct, Perfect
Reflect, Correct, Perfect
In this second quarter of 2015, if you are not happy with your life, if you have not achieved those things that you believe you should have achieved by now, if you’re in a job that’s going nowhere and you desire more, if your body is giving you signs that you need to eat and live healthier but you ignore the warnings, if you’ve been living with your mate and you’re still waiting and wanting him to propose but you've grown frustratingly content with the pretense that you're happily married (aka “faking the funk”), if there is anything in your life that you’ve wanted to change for a long time but have not done so – now is your day to Reflect, Correct, and Perfect!!!
Reflect means to give back or show an image of – like a mirror. Look at where you are in the thing that you want to change in your life. What is it that you like? What is it that you dislike? How many times have you tried to make a change but to no prevail? And so, frustrated, you’ve become complacent or simply “okay” with it; but, in the secret places of your heart, you know it’s not the picture you envisioned for yourself. Another definition of reflect means to think seriously and to express carefully. Seriously and honestly think back. Begin at the beginning. How did you get here? Did the course you were on take an unexpected turn that forced you into this undesirable point in your life or did you deviate off the path and begin to slowly lose your fervor for the reward? You know how the enemy will lie to us saying foolishness like, “It’s okay. Why are you trying to change things? If it hasn’t happened by now, you might as well realize that this is as good as it gets.” So you fall into the trap of desiring more yet settling for less. Dreams smothered and unfulfilled that try to reignite themselves every now and then with sparks of undedicated recommitment. But, no more! Say it with me, “The devil is a liar!” And it is time that you step on the head of that defeated foe and remind him that you are a victor and not a victim for greater is He that is within you than he that is in this world! Jeremiah 29:11 reads – “For I know the plans I have for you”, says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Ah, that’s good news. Change is gonna come.
Now that you’ve reflected on your past, the next step is to reflect inwardly on your present. Your decisions play a large factor in your end result. Hence, you must first decide that you want to change and know that you have the power within you to make the change.
Time to Correct! The dictionary defines correct as free from error or fault; conforming to standards, fact or truth. We know the truth to be the complete, unblemished and unadulterated word of God. Therefore, it is time for you to conform to the truth that is written for you and about you. No more false hope, no more excuses, no more shattered dreams – all things are possible! Believe it and you can achieve it! It starts in your mind.
Correct your way of thinking. Whatever you thought was right about this thing that you want to change – discard it. Think on a new process that is aimed to deliver the results you desire so that you may turn your pain and dissatisfaction into joy. Encourage yourself! You are more than a conqueror! You are the head not the tail! If you want to lose weight – exercise, terminate the fast foods, get off the couch and eliminate the unhealthy snacks! If you want him to marry you – stop giving your milk for free (you’re priceless, but, marriage comes with a price and his first investment in you should be a diamond engagement ring)! If you want to move up on your job or get hired by someone else – aggressively and consistently begin to search for something better; take some classes; start networking and surround yourself with positive people. Most importantly, put God first in your life and keep Him first in your life for only He can establish you and keep you in all your ways.
Perfect! The verb perfect means to complete, polish, refine, smooth. Yes, practice makes perfect or complete, polished, refined, and smooth. You desire a change in your life and you have the faith that it can be done – put your faith to work! That’s right, the more you work your plan of action, the closer you’ll get to achieving your goal. Practice it daily until it becomes a part of your natural behavior. If you find yourself going astray – stop! Then simply reflect, correct, and get back to perfecting. Remember, no matter who is in your life or what has occurred in your life that you want to change, the good news is that you are still here which means that God’s plan for your life remains – He is working in full effect on your behalf. It’s His plan – so, let Him work it and all you have to do is get back on track, keep the faith, stay the course and receive your Change!