Pumpkin Spice and Reflections
The return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte this year has been received with much pomp and celebration in my household. It must have been July when we started researching the exact date it would be available[Yes, we are aware of how pitiful this is]. We welcome the season of pumpkin beer, PSL everything and jeans weather because it feels like a fresh start. The summer is an off-season for many things like bible studies, productivity, NFL (Go Panthers!) and schools across the country. Fall feels like I am on the precipice of a blank slate and a perfect time for reflection.
It might be my introversion, but I find myself reflecting every fall on the past year. Reflection is a useful tool to gauge how the previous year went. Some of the things I reflect on:
- Financial preparedness. I am a Dave Ramsey Nerd
- Career metrics
- Relationships (Spouse, Children, Family, Friends)
- Personal Development (Reading, Courses, Knowledge)
- Spiritual Growth
- God’s Provision (see next heading!)
These are just a few topics that I try to set goals in every year. Goals are not the topic here but Zig Ziglar said, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals”. Just the habit of setting short and long term goals will help you sort the priorities in you life, Even if you don’t achieve them!
Do you not yet understand?
Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?” Mark 8: 18-21
I had a revelation one morning reading this passage from Mark. I am just like the disciples here! The Lord shows up in big ways all the time in my life. Somehow, despite his faithfulness, and despite the “peril” that he solved, I am soon worrying about the next “peril”. I am a leaky vessel where the provision and faithfulness of God continually empty. I find that reflecting on his mercies in my life at least once a year reinforces my faith and helps me to remember.
Make it your own
I think what we reflect on, largely is affected by what we value. What I reflect on may or may not be something that you resonate with. Either way, reflection is a powerful tool I believe the Lord will use to progress you and solidify his promises in your journey.