The Power of Reflection

In a book I read years ago the author made a statement I’ll never forget. He said, “people will do everything else but take time to think”. He said it with a sense of astonishment and urgency as if so many were walking right past a pile of gold worth a fortune.

Now technically, we’re always thinking. His statement is focusing on the fact that we don’t intentionally set time aside to just think, to reflect and even pray.

If we are to wield the power of reflection to our advantage we are going to have to slow down enough to actually think, reflect, offer up thanksgiving and pray.

To reflect means to think deeply and carefully. To consider. To ponder. To meditate. When we do this in partnership with the Holy Spirit, reflection becomes a powerful tool for us to discern His thoughts and plan our future.

Personally, I have to admit that slowing down enough to take my journal out to reflect and write is a challenge. To this day it’s a discipline that needs to be continually conquered.

Here are a few benefits regarding the power of reflection in light of breaking into the new year.

1. Reflection gives you a full perspective of the year. There are a lot of mountain tops and valleys throughout a year. Reflection gives you an overall perspective of many of the events that took place. This is important in that we have a propensity to think of all the things we didn’t or should of done. But in looking at the whole you see how God has guided you and has been faithful in so many ways.

2. Reflection provides a platform for the coming year. Reflection is catalytic toward creating a mindset toward a positive future. Having a full perspective of the previous year we can look forward to the new year with both faith and confidence. I refuse moving forward with unbelief. I am intentional about keeping my eyes fixed on God’s goodness and His amazing plan for my life.

3. Reflection takes both time and focus. Focus requires effort and effort requires time. If we are to wield the power of reflection to our advantage we are going to have to slow down enough to actually think, reflect, offer up thanksgiving and pray. There really is no getting around it. Carve out an afternoon or evening and grab your journal, Bible and a notepad and just begin. If you get past the first 5 minutes you will be well on your way to an amazing time with the Lord.

4. Reflection is prophetic. I pull out my prophetic words and review them making declarations over the Words I feel are from the Lord. In doing so my spirit and God’s Spirit come into agreement with His will for my life, exhorting and encouraging me to greater levels of faith and trust in God.

As we break into 2012 take time to reflect and regroup so you can head into the new year with a godly confidence.

Your thoughts?

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12 Comments

  1. Ben and Tricia Valdez Jan 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you Pastor, so enjoyed!

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    1. Brian Jan 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Excellent thoughts. It’s not too much to say the Adversary wars against Spirit-inspired reflection.

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      1. Greg Jan 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm

        Brian, totally true. It’s something I have to contend with daily but I am getting some solid breakthrough. Thanks for sharing.

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    2. Greg Jan 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks, guys!

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  2. Barbie Jan 3, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I have to admit that taking the time to stop, to sit quietly and reflect is hard for me. My mind is in so many different directions. Which is why on-line journaling comes so much easier. But this year, it’s actually a goal of mine to begin writing in a journey again, with pen and paper. I want to take that time to pause, to take in those moments and reflect on what He’s speaking.

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    1. Greg Jan 3, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Barbie, definetely good to use the ‘ol pen and paper plus you can draw stuff in those 🙂 I cannot do paper journals because I just loose them. Right now I cannot find the journal that I picked up about 1 month ago. So online is the best way to go. For some reason I can never loose my Macbook Air. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Mike Jan 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Very profound and true. Reflection is essential to help understand God’s purpose for our lives, give us strength and provide direction in this complicated world. Thanks for these thoughts to begin the new year focused on what Jesus has done for us!

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    1. Greg Jan 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Mike, thanks for sharing. I love your points here in the comment area. Looks like you have a teaching gift! 😉

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      1. charis Jan 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

        i took time this year to sit and journal some answers to a set of questions a blogger put up about 2011 and i found it very difficult but very worth it. i still need to carve out some time to decide goals for this upcoming year and journal them out. i think purposeful thinking is something most of us don’t do enough of, especially me!

        my recent post: my top 10 posts of 2011

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        1. Greg Jan 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

          Charis, you know that everyone is wired so differently. I think you do an amazing job with ALL that is on your plate. Whatever happens and however it gets done you will totally knock out the year 2012 exceeding what others only think of doing! 🙂

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  4. rebekah Dec 4, 2013 at 9:10 am

    This really gave me an insight into what reflection is,it’s necessity and it’s imporance.

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    1. Greg Simas Dec 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Rebekah. Glad this helped you! And thanks for stopping by the blog. Blessings!

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