It's amazing how reflection can provide us different perspectives. Reflection of our own moments, reflections of our children's moments, reflections with work, reflections on relationships, . . . . Reflection helps us to gain perspectives throughout our lives. It is through these reflections that we can truly value our learning, our accomplishments, our failures and our growth. The difficult thing about reflection is that it takes time: quiet, solitude time. So much in our lives today doesn't allow us to have that reflection time - yet, without it, we continue to march to a beat that may not be meeting our needs or God's needs.
I had the pleasure and honor of spending some time in reflection this weekend with some wonderful friends. We reflected, we shared accomplishments and failures, we provided dreams and frustrations, we learned. Most importantly, we spoke truths. There's something tough about truth - it's not always easy to hear and many times it isn't what we expect. Yet, it is in those moments of truth that we find the wisdom we need to move forward.
I received much wisdom from these women this weekend. Some came directly to me through conversation, some came indirectly through other conversations, all of it was taken to heart to help me learn. I don't know about you, but there have been many times in my life, whether it be work or relationships or parenting, when I have asked for advice and counsel. I have turned to mentors at church and in the workplace. I have turned to my parents and siblings. I have certainly turned to my husband and also my friends. What is wonderful about advice and counsel from all of these people is that it has been truthful. It may not always be what I want to hear, but I know it comes from a place of love and caring.
How about you? Have you had the honor of people sharing their wisdom of truth with you? How did it make you feel? Yes, sometimes it's not easy, but when we reflect on the wisdom of truth, we know that what they have shared has mostly been correct and when followed has proven great results. Since the beginning of time, God has provided us with people to give advice and counsel. Think of the great prophets, of Solomon with his great wisdom. Throughout Biblical history, the wisdom of truth has been passed down through generations. Yet, there is something that needs to accompany the wisdom of truth - simple faith. Faith in the wisdom you have now received and the faith that the new path will lead you to a better place. Faith that God is the ultimate counselor who we can always turn to for the truest of wisdom. Faith that when we listen to God's word, our reflections become action. Simple Faith.
If you have had the honor of receiving the wisdom of truth lately, tuck yourself away in a special spot for a moment of reflection. Reflect upon the words of others and say a prayer of simple faith that God will lead you to the path that is correct. If you need some of that wisdom of truth, seek out that special someone who not only shares what you WANT to hear, but also what you DON'T want to hear. Remember, the truth is what is important. Always, confirm the wisdom of truth through God, reaching out to Him in prayer and thanksgiving - giving to Him what he always desires of us - time! May the week ahead provide you an opportunity to reflect - and may that reflection bring you peace.
"Heavenly Father, you have provided us a great gift on Earth, those who can share the wisdom of truth with us. May we value their wisdom and continue our learning through these gifts. Let us have the simple faith that this wisdom helps us to continue down the path you have paved for us, one by which we grow closer to you. In your gracious name we pray, Amen."