I cannot believe we are already almost two months into 2021. It has been a wild time for sure, but through it all God is God. Whether in ministry, parenting, or our jobs we all face highs and lows. Taking time to discuss and celebrate what God is doing can be a great catalyst to help spur on conversations with your team, family, or coworkers.
Looking back on 2020 it is very easy to get sucked into the mentality of how awful it was. Trust me it was not what we would say was “ideal”, but even in the hardest of times we need to be able to focus on the good and what God has done in and through each other.
I want to encourage everyone to PAUSE and REFLECT. This is hard in an age where the competition is to see who can fill their calendar the fastest and be the busiest, but please take time to pause and reflect on some good that has happened in the last 12 months. That’s right we are coming on a year of when COVID 19 broke out and no one expected us to be where we are today.
Why should we pause and reflect? When we take time to pause and reflect on what God is doing, we are able to accomplish 3 things that will help you as a parent or ministry leader.
The first thing that happens when we reflect is we are reminded
- God is still God. In the midst of all the craziness we are reminded that God is faithful and true. He is still in control and we are to be His vessels to live out the great commission. The bible tells us that He is the alpha and omega, the author and finisher of our faith, and has written the ending (spoiler alert, WE WIN!). It can be hard to remember that when we are busy chasing and hustling to finish the todo list, but when you pause you will remember that God is still God.
- Reflection centers us on what matters most. Disease, jobs, family, success are all things that can pull us from being centered on what really matters. Matthew 6:33 reminds us to “seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” We were not created to chase our own selfish desires, but to pursue and proclaim the great name of the one who created us.
- Lastly, we should take time to discuss what we reflect on. As a parent sometimes it is hard to have conversations with our children. Trust me as a father of four daughters’ conversation can be tough at times, but I have found that when we discuss what God is doing, how He is doing it, and what He is showing us our conversations are deeper and more meaningful.
Reflection leads to conversation whether it is in ministry and you celebrate, evaluate, and pray through what God has in store for you; conversations will spur on creativity and excitement. As a parent, spiritual conversations are vital in preparing your children in looking, listening, and leading your children through a fallen and broken world. So, my encouragement for today is to pause, reflect, and talk about how awesome God is and what He is doing in spite of all the craziness going on. Remember God is God, and we are here to proclaim and glorify Him. Thanks for reading and have a super awesome day.
- Paul D.