The last Monday of 2014 got me thinking about today’s word-of-the-week…


MondayNew Year’s resolutions get all the attention, but I find it useful to look back. Year-end is an opportunity to reflect on where I’ve been. It’s a great way to get a sense of where I’m headed.

But the past contains some traps.

So last week I made a list for myself, sort of a set of cautions and reminders. I’ll share them and invite you to add your own guidance in the comments.

Reflect with a sense of gratitude.

Reflect without regret or self-criticism. View mistakes as opportunities to learn.

Reflect without demanding answers. God doesn’t work on a yearly calendar, so some stuff may still be in-progress It’s okay to not-know.

Reflect with hope, knowing Romans 8:28 is still one of God’s central promises.

Reflect with a sense of awe and wonder. You and the story you’re writing are part of God’s plan for the universe!

Reflect with humility. It’s not all about you.

Reflect with love.

What would you add? Please leave a comment here.


3 thoughts on “Reflect

  1. sbobet - March 15, 2014

    First of all I would like to say terrific blog! I had a quick question which I’d
    like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you
    center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing.

    I’ve had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting
    my ideas out. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just
    seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost just trying to figure out how to begin.

    Any ideas or tips? Kudos!

    1. Rich Dixon - March 16, 2014

      My biggest tip is to begin. Sounds simplistic, but often I don’t know what I’m going to write until I start writing and often the first few paragraphs serve only to guide my thoughts.

      I don’t worry about “wasting” time if I’m putting words on the screen. I trust God to use my thoughts, though often lines or paragraphs get deleted.

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