Time to Reflect

Time to reflect:

A buddy of mine shot me a text the other day.  We haven’t spoken in some time, it was nice of him to reach out, just to see how my family and I are doing.  In the course of our conversation he mentioned that he has enjoyed spending time with his daughter who is home from school on Winter break.  I replied that he was fortunate to have his daughter home for so long, because my daughter had a very short break and had already returned to school.  It was then that he told me that the family had been watching old movies from when their children were little.  He said: “it makes you really reflect.  Can’t believe how time flies….”

Well, we have all heard that adage before; ‘time flies’.  And those of us who are over 50 have probably shared that tidbit of experiential knowledge with more than a few friends.  But what really caught my attention was his use of the word reflect.  He could have used the word remember, or reminisce but he chose to use a very different word.  According to the Oxford dictionary, the word reflect means to think deeply or carefully.  Some synonyms are: to meditate, to muse, to ponder or contemplate.  Obviously, the word involves a much deeper thought process than simply recalling something to mind.

I don’t care much for Winter but if it has one redeeming value to me, it is that it causes me to slow down.  The rush of activity that is Spring, Summer and Fall slows to a crawl in the cold grey days and evenings of Winter.  And with so little to do it is the perfect time to sit by a fire with a beverage of choice and reflect on life.  A time to consider what I’ve done with 56 years of life and to ponder what I will do with the time I have left.

Roughly 3,300 years ago a great man named Moses recorded some thoughts that many years later would be included in the book of Psalms.  In Psalm 90, verse 12 Moses wrote: “Teach us to number our days that we may gain wisdom.”  Now as many of you know, Moses was a Man of God.  So we may gather from this statement that Moses makes this request to God Himself.  That God, in His mercy, would teach man to reflect on the brevity of life, in order that he may come to the realization, that what time he has left, ought to be carefully spent.  Again, Moses, being a godly man, was not suggesting that we reflect and then party like it’s 1999.  No. The prayer is that we may have wisdom and not just any wisdom, but godly wisdom.  That we might consider what will become of us after we die, and what we do with our short time on this earth, might affect the eternity that follows.

Since we have several more weeks of Winter ahead, I hope you will take some time to reflect on your life.  Perhaps you will be inspired to consider carefully what you will do with the time that you have left. “O Lord, what are humans that you should care about them?  What are mere mortals that you should think about them?  Humans are like a breath of air.  Their life span is like a fleeting shadow.”  And yet……. God so loved mankind, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but rather live with God forever.

 

You think about that…

God Bless You and See You on the Road.

Bob Anton: Christian Motorcyclists Association

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