Reflecting Back, Reaching Forward
To Reflect means: “think deeply or carefully about”
As we fully entrenched in 2022, I still believe we can continue to reflect back once in a while but our focus needs to be reaching or looking forward. We can’t change the past, we can only learn from the past and choose how we move forward.
Philippians 1:6 says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
If you believe that God began the work, trust God that he will bring it to completion.
Something I think we all need to do better at is; reflect on the Faithfulness of God.
2 Tim. 2:13 states, “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.”
Reflect on a time where maybe you were a little faithless, was God still Faithful?
Absolutely, He is and always has been faithful!
It’s easy to get down and be discouraged in this life we live in. Another thing that we need to constantly try to reflect on is; the Goodness of God!
Psalm 100:5 reminds us that, “the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”
Try to remind yourself that the Lord is Good, that’s His very nature, it’s just who He is!
Who can forget of the Sacrifice of Jesus? We as believers need to always remember or reflect on this great example of God’s sacrificial love to us.
Romans 5:8 tells us of His love, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Anne Voskamp writes:
“Maybe: what matters is not what’s in the rear-view mirror – but what you’re keeping in your sights”
I’ll leave you with what we should reach for. We need to constantly be reaching for what lies ahead.
We should be excited about what the future holds for us, and what goals we can set with God leading the way.
Philippians 3:13-14 gives us direction in this, when Paul clarifies that he has not arrived to the place in life he should be at. “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
Paul tells us to press on, so I will encourage you to do just that, “Press On!”
May God allow you to reflect on the goodness of who God is and keep striving in HIM, not in your own strength!