Mirrors give off a reflection. I bet you knew that already. Why do we use mirrors? Because we do not have the ability to clearly see an image of ourselves OR see what is behind us. Christmas is a time of reflection. It is a time when we stop, look into the mirror of the past, pause, think about the birth of Christ and what it means, and celebrate it with family and friends. Okay–so that’s not anything original, right? Well, let me give you a new way to think about it.
Every day we make decisions that can change our path for the better or for the worse. Every conversation can strengthen a relationship or can tear it apart. During EVERY season of our lives, we should always take time to reflect. We should stop periodically and examine where we are, take a look in that virtual mirror and see where we have been, where our decisions and actions have taken us. Have you ever said or done anything and later found out it was the wrong thing or that it caused pain? You found that out by reflecting, probably. If you had never looked in a mirror of memories, you would not have realized it or had been able to see it clearly. But, what do you do with your reflections?
Let me approach this another way and show you how to get even more value from reflection. Since I am a computer guy, I think in computer terms sometimes. In computer science, "reflection" is the process by which a computer program can observe and modify its own structure and behavior. Did you catch that? "Observe AND modify its behavior". Ahhh, that offers a different perspective on reflections doesn’t it? What if we did that in our lives every day. What if we looked into the mirror of our past actions, and used what we saw to modify our behavior for tomorrow? I’m not sure about you, but I have made some bad decisions in my past, and I really do not care to repeat them. But, if I reflect on them and use that examination to modify my behavior, I bet that I will not make the same mistakes as easily.
So don’t pass through this Christmas season missing some really good results of your reflection. Look at your family and reflect on how much time you have given them this year. Look at your job and decide how you may want to modify your behavior to be a better employee. Look at the birth of Christ in the inner reflective mirror of your soul, and decide if you need to modify your spiritual disciplines as a result of that.
Life is a great thing. Don’t pass through it without reflection – and modification.