For this is what the Lord of Hosts says: consider carefully your ways. Haggai 1:7
Reflection Helps Us Get Unstuck
Have you ever felt like you were stuck in a rut?I know I have. Some ruts look like depression. Some may involve a struggle with a quick temper. Another could be a dead-end job that you should have left long ago. God has an answer for us, and it will involve some reflection on your part.
Consider your heart.
The original Hebrew word used for consider is sum. Sum means to direct the mind toward, or pay attention to. In English the verse reads “consider carefully your ways.” But the original Hebrew adds another level of meaning to this verse. The Hebrew includes the word heart. My rendition of this verse reads consider carefully what’s at the heart of your ways.
What does the word say we are to carefully consider or spend time in reflection on? Check the verse. Our ways. The Hebrew word for ways is one of my favorites–derek. Derek means a path, a journey, the direction, course and manner of your life. The heart of your beliefs will direct your path, where you are headed in life, and where you will end up.
Where are you headed?
What are some of the ways or habits of your life? Are your habits aiding you on your journey? I have a few ways I need to exchange for healthier ways. I’m working on trading negativity for a positive outlook, expecting God’s blessings instead of trouble, and seeing myself as God made me.
Consider a few new ways
What changes do you need to make concerning your ways? Spend some time in reflection on your goals for this year. Pray and ask God to show you if you need to consider making some changes. A few new ways will keep us on God’s path for our lives.
Week 4 Journal Activities
- Spend some time in prayer and reflection asking God what ruts or ways you may be wallowing in that need to change. Perhaps it’s obvious to you what that something is. But if it isn’t, ask one or two people who are close to you that you trust what weaknesses they may see in you. Once you have identified the rut, write it down and ask God for some clarification on how you can change this.
- Now write down what new ways/habits you want to incorporate in place of the old. Ask God for a plan to make these changes. Record all of this in your journal.
- Feel free to share any thoughts/insights/questions in the comments. We’d love to hear what’s on your mind.