If you had your life to live over again, what would you do differently? This was aquestion posed to a group of 50, all aged over 95. Overwhelmingly, three answers appeared, these were: I would reflect more: I would risk more and I would do more things that left a lasting impact after I die.
When I was at bible college, one of the lecturers would repeatedly tell us “you are reflective practioners.” You need to look at what you’ve done, and learn from it.
So many people seem to be caught up making the same mistakes over and over again.
I can remember talking to my nana about Samson, a character from the bible. Now in my opinion that man is a complete and utter idiot. He seemed to have one weakness, women, and even after one had made a fool of him, he went on to do the same thing with another. What an idiot! I can remember telling my Nana thus, and she, in her wisdom replied to me, “and isn’t that something that we all do?”
I had never thought about that before, did I too repeatedly make the same mistakes time and time again?
Actually, I did, and the more I thought about it, the more I realised just how often.
The bible tells us: as a dog returns to its vomit, so fools return to their folly. Proverbs 26:11 When we do the same stupid things time after time, we are like a dog returning to their own sick, and I, for one, don’t want to be like a dog going back to its puke.
We need to reflect on our actions, think about them analyse them, work out what we should have done differently. This may require prayer, it may require reading the bible or talking to a trusted friend, but whatever we do we must reflect on our mistakes. But we don’t just leave them as reflections, we need to make a change, and live our lives differently.
This doesn’t just apply to the bad things that we have done, the sins that we have committed. This can apply to anything in our life.
Imagine that you attempted to cook a meal, yet somehow, it did not end up tasting as you had expected, maybe you missed out an ingredient, or left it in the oven for too long. Naturally, you would make the changes next time you decide to make that dish, well if you didn’t want it to turn out tasting just as bad next time.
Sometimes we even need to look at the things that we do well, think about why they are good, and then think about how we could make them even better.
Is there any thing God wants you to reflect on, even change?
Tomorrow, I will be thinking about why we should risk more.
If would thoroughly recommend listening to this sermon by Tony Campolo: http://tonycampolo.org/if-i-had-to-live-it-over-again/#.VMPrlH6QGrU