I love the word reflections. It brings to mind the verse in James where he asks what good is it if a man looks into the Word of God and doesn’t do anything with what he reads or hears. It’s sort of like that song, “You’re So Vain,” if all we do is gaze and not take any action as a result. What’s the point of reflection if we’re not going to do something with what we see?
After my previous post, a friend invited me to spend some time sharing with her about our experiences in 2009. This was a good challenge because it forced me to review 2009 in a little more detail. It was good to look back at some of the thoughts, books and even songs that influenced me over the past year and I thought I’d share some of my reflections as a way of wrapping up the year.
A few of the influential books I read this year:
- The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield – a great book my pastor mentioned during a message series on Esther entitled Overcoming Resistance.
- Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen – another read inspired by a message series on the Prodigal Son (and our prodigal God)
- Sacred Echo by Margaret Feinberg
- 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeekin
A few of the thoughts that influenced my thinking this year (those not in quotes are either messages notes or my own questions for personal reflection):
- “Never wait for a miracle. Go after your dream. Do your part to the very best of your ability and ask God to make up the difference. He won’t act until we step out in faith.” (from one of those inspirational page-a-day calendars, source not noted)
- “You are offered the dream of a lifetime. Say yes!” (Chinese fortune – see why I like Chinese food, it’s inspirational!)
- “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dwyer (from a colleague’s email signature line, and I would add . . . and you look at different things!)
- How do I create environments where discovery and creativity can happen for myself and others?
- Am I more concerned with keeping others from seeing the untransformed parts of my life than I am with allowing God to transform me?
- “Each [changing life situation] gives us a chance to examine where God is in that experience and what gifts God is offering for our growth. (David Benner)
- “Do a little more today than you think you possibly can.” (Dove wrapper – proves inspiration comes in many packages!)
- Savor the goodness! (my sacred echo after reading Sacred Echo by Margaret Feinberg)
- How does my life work connect me with the creative and redemptive work of Jesus?
- “Encourage the deepening of your creative potential by anchoring it in your daily life.” (12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women)
Lastly, a few of the major life lessons I want to carry with me into the future: (and this question comes from Michael Hyatt’s post and was shared with me by a friend)
- God always meets me when I move ahead in faith – the unknown is not so unknown, knowing God is already there.
- I’m an introvert – I need to live into and accept who I am.
- I can learn anything I want or need to; I don’t have to let lack of knowledge intimidate me or hold me back.
- It’s my responsibility to look for opportunities to live into my strengths.
So here’s to 2009 – thanking God for a great year, full of rich learning and growth. There were, of course, tears and struggles along the way, but God wove them into the tapestry that was 2009 and I’m thankful for all that he brought to pass this year. Thanks for sharing the journey here with me.