Day 1: Growth Through Reflection
Ready: “Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8b
Set: Whenever a season comes to a close, coaches like myself and others immediately look to the next year, sometimes too quickly. We start by reflecting on the season that just ended. What were the successes? What were the failures? What did we learn? Looking back on the season helps us move forward with hope, excitement and encouragement, knowing a game plan is in place.
The same principles can exist outside of sports as we reflect on our lives. I always like to ask myself specific questions, taking inventory of where I am and how the past has impacted me.
Mentally, what have I learned recently? How have I put those lessons into practice?
Physically, how is my health? What kind of physical shape am I in, and what good or bad habits are contributing to that?
Spiritually, how deep is my relationship with God? How Spirit-led have my interactions with others been?
Reflection is crucial, but building upon it is even more essential. Life is never in neutral. It’s up to us to decide how engaged we are with the present moment because, quite literally, it’s passing us by. The past can be a great learning tool, but we have to be intentional in how we use what we’ve learned from past successes and failures to improve upon all that lies ahead.
Reflection is an opportunity to be reminded of God’s provision in our lives. It gives us the chance to praise Him and be purposeful for the future, growing closer to Him and living more like He’s called us to live in the freedom found only in Him. – Shane Williamson
1. What does reflection look like in your life?
2. How can you learn and grow from past experiences?
3. Are you reflecting on the past, listening to trusted friends and family for their honest opinions, and being intentional about implementing what God is teaching you about yourself for the future?
Workout: Joshua 4:21-22; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18; Philippians 4:4-9
Overtime: Father, thank You for bringing me to this day. I trust that every experience I’ve had, and will have, has been orchestrated by You. As I reflect on the past, may it influence my future, drawing me closer to you and shaping me into more of who You’ve called me to be. Amen.
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