LENT REFLECTION DAY 2: EFFECTIVE REFLECTION

The more reflective you are, the more effective you are.

            Hall and Simeral.

 

Reflection is a personal experience and must be undertaken in such a manner.

You must ask the right questions. Every reflection comes with a question tag on it. Why this, why that, how, when, etc. These are all questions that express an inner conflict. When you ask the right questions, it helps to address the root of whatever it is you’re reflecting upon. To make your reflection more effective, ask the right questions. 

Remember yesterday, while we looked at ‘worrying vs reflection’, I shared my experience on how my spiritual mother called me late at night telling me to pray for my dad, saying she sees the spirit of death hovering over my household. I asked myself a simple question, “How is it possible for God to lie?” His word in Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plan I think towards you, thoughts of good and not of evil, to give me an expected end”.

After that conversation, I reflected on all she told me and instead of worrying, I worshipped. Pheww! What a relief.

Be Truthful. When thinking about your question, answer it to the best degree of truth you can. Break out of social conditioning and of beliefs and things that other people put onto you. If you really asked yourself, you usually can find a much deeper answer to questions. Being truthful to yourself is the key to effective reflection even though this truth might be unpleasant or scary. 

This question bothers so much on our approach towards reflection. A lot of us do what we see as evaluation rather than reflection. Reflection follows a deeper footprint of assessment than just evaluation. 

In evaluation, we only review with the results and is usually at the end but reflection refers to a deliberate assessment resulting from either a hunger for a change or quest for an answer about an issue. It assesses the entirety of anything beginning from how the idea even came, what led to it, down to even the effects and consequences afterwards.

Reflection is much deeper than an evaluation. Evaluation does not involve the heart and conscience but reflection does.

When we evaluate, we most times use our brains but reflection is purely a program only the heart can undertake. This is because it affects our entire existence and issues that involve the heart are the ones that put a demand on life. 

To effectively undertake a session of reflection, we must ensure the following are put in place: your state of mind and surroundings.

You must be in the right state of the mind to experience effectiveness in reflection. This puts you in a suitable mental state. When other thoughts are flooding your mind at the same time, your reflection becomes hindered and unproductive. It would affect your concentration; hence, all distractions should be avoided.

A stable and non-noisy atmosphere plays a major role in reflection and contributes to its effectiveness. It is advisable to have all of our attention at the process and avoid any sort of surrounding distractions such as Television, Games or even light conversations, etc. 

Reflection begins with telling yourself the truth about your actions and then taking action from there.

 

Scriptural References

Psalm. 139:23

 

Reflection Points

  • In what ways have I misinterpreted evaluation for reflection?
  • Have I been asking the right questions in my time of reflection?

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