Transformation does not take place in experience, transformation takes place in reflection on experience.” – St. Ignatius
I usually take time to do some reflection for the year end closing. It is an important spiritual discipline to take the time to review our life and reflect over our experiences over the year:
- Take inventory of our walk with God and bring all things under the Lordship of Christ.
- Be honest with ourselves with a magnifying glass to see our weaknesses and our strengths:
(a) We may discover something about ourselves that need God’s help.
(b) How can we overcome weaknesses to glorify God?
(c) How can we become a better person that honour God?
(d) How is our Christlikeness quotient?
- It cultivates gratitude to count our blessings so that we will never forget God’s Faithfulness, and thank Him for how much He has shown His Love to the extent of caring, providing and protecting us.
- It allows us to detach from worldliness of a secular life and re-align ourselves to our Saviour and Creator.
- Life in retrospection tracks our progress in becoming better disciples of Jesus Christ, where new godly habits may need to be cultivated and certain teachings or disciplines to be reinforce.
- Through identifying how God is working in us and how He is working around us heighten our awareness in living a more fulfilled Christian lives.
Ideally, reflection should be done on a daily basis, so that: (a) we are continually living in God’s Presence, and (b) it helps to set our heart and mind on spiritual things that matter (Colossians 3:2).