In recent times I have engaged in a process of regular reflection on where my life – personal, spiritual, professional and social is presently at and where I would like it to be in the future. In undertaking this discipline, I have been able to connect with my inner self, something which has enabled me to be more focused and attuned to my beliefs, feelings and emotional state. It has also provided clarity of purpose and reoriented my compass towards those things that I truly value and really cherish.
I have also had the privilege of providing others with the opportunity to engage in guided reflection on their present life circumstance and desired future. Part of this exercise includes reflection on the legacy that they would like to leave as part of their life’s journey. For most, this experience is quite telling as it provides a catalyst for consideration of the reality of one’s life and alignment to deeply held beliefs and values.
Growing Deep Capability ‘Growing Oneself’ provides a wonderful lens through which to have awareness of and reflect on the beliefs, values and practices that underpin all that we are and do. Living positively:
Involves the ability to maintain a positive outlook or perspective, even in the face of obstacles or setbacks. It draws strength from the promises of God and includes being optimistic about the future, and consciously choosing to project warmth, faith and hope in relationships with others. It involves valuing the gifts and contributions of all and creating a sense of optimism by building a positive and energetic climate of encouragement and support, even during times of difficulty or change.
So, do we let God fit into our life? Maybe we think this means going to church, doing something to serve others or joining another ‘committee’. Those things are good, but they are not enough by themselves. What about at home? At school? Do we fit Him in then? God is not just the God of Sunday morning; a God we turn on and off when we need him. God is the God of every part of our life. He demands all of me and you.
Sometimes we may think that letting God into our life means the end of fun. IT DOESN’T!! It may mean the end of sinful things that we may like doing (like gossiping or getting revenge on people we don’t like). But it doesn’t mean the end of fun. God wants only the best for us (Jeremiah 29:11-13). 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’
Fitting God in means thanking him for all the good things that happen every day; asking for help for all the challenging things; and reading, dwelling and thinking about his Word. Really, it just means remembering and trusting the God of everything! And remembering that He wants to be a part of our life; the most important part! And why shouldn’t He be? After all, He did create us, He did send Jesus to die for us, and He has prepared a place for each of us in Heaven! Trust in Him!
“How wonderful are the good things you keep for those who honour you!
Everyone knows how good you are, how securely you protect those who trust you”
So… in my journaling I have noticed a shift in my reflections to that of gratitude and thanks, and recognition of the hand of God in the small and big things that happen in every facet of my life. I feel that I am being challenged to move from ‘fitting God into my life’ to ‘God being my life’.