The Power of Reflecting
Pondering While Watching Baseball
How many of you are familiar with the International House of Prayer in Kansas City? Mike Bickle, the pastor, gave a sermon once that I heard a few years after he gave it that put everything in my past up to that point into perspective. Below is the link to the sermon.
I remember thinking, “now my life makes sense.” I reflected on events that have shaped who I was, both the good and the bad. I never realized how much prayer was wired in me. How important it really was to me.
The Sermon that Changed My Life
Why do I bring this up? There is something to taking the time and reflecting on your experience. It is even more powerful when you do it with Jesus. Let’s look at a passage from the gospel together. Jesus sends out the 72 (Luke 10). They get back excited and full of joy (vs. 17). The 72 report to Jesus that they drove out demons and Jesus tells his reflection of the moment.
This was how Jesus was training his disciples to do the mission after He was no longer with them. These 72 disciples, were able to see and hear what God was doing in their midst. This is what reflecting can do. So, how do you reflect? Here are my suggestions:
Journal: Sit down and write about your day. Every morning as I start my devotion I reflect and write about the day before. And I make sure that I write about how I’m feeling, especially when I have negative feelings.
Do the spiritual discipline called the Exemen: This can be done individually or with others. You ask two questions: Where did you see God at work? Where did you miss Him? I believe this works better with others because they can offer feedback.
Find a Spiritual Director: The name Spiritual Director doesn’t really describe what they do. All they do is listen, asking clarifying questions, and offer their observations. You are still the one to make decisions on what you are reflecting about.
Get feed back from you spouse: I have found this helpful. My wife Tina tends to see what God is doing in my life before I do. And usually, my decisions will affect her as well.
Form a small group of 3 or 4: I have found it helpful, even though I don’t always find it fun, to do spiritual direction in a group. I usually get a question or two that gets me thinking.
What do you do to help your reflect on what God is doing?
What do you plan on using to help you reflect
Reflecting can be very helpful when you are discerning a calling into what God has for you next. Whether it is a job change, being a new parent, grandparent, or volunteer staff at your church. It helps you listen and hear what God is saying to you.
So, get out there and listen by reflecting.