A Coffee and Some Reflection Friday

A Coffee and Some Reflection Friday

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~Søren Kierkegaard* Another year is drawing to a close, and even without some ancient musings possibly (likely) being twisted to make a profit, I find myself in a reflective mood. Well, I’m trying to at any rate. While I’m not (for once!) in any sort of a big dither in regards to the busyness that can pop up during the Christmas season, I am coming up to the end of two very busy weeks at work. And I’m not very good at making sure things like writing time and housework don’t fall by the wayside when hours spent at the office increase.

At least not yet, I’m not.

For one thing I am, after almost 365 days, starting to get the hang of making the most of today. I’m not all the way where I could be with the whole carpe diem experience, but I’m closer than I was at the start of this year. And I am encouraged to keep moving forward.

One thing that will help me to keep making the most of the “todays” I’m given is to lay hold of courage, to be courageous more often. For too often I let fear hold me back. What if I fail? What if I’m on the wrong path and am not doing what God has called me to do? What, exactly, has He called me to do again?

That’s why God’s reminders/admonishments to Joshua as he took up the task of leading the Israelites out of the widerness and into the Promised Land after the death of Moses has been popping up in my head and heart a lot lately. Three times within the first nine verses of Joshua, chapter one, Joshua is encouraged to be strong, to be courageous (Joshua 1: 6, 7, and 9 to be exact) And that’s something I need to lay hold of more often during the course of each day. I need to remember it in the morning when I’m getting ready for the day, during the mid-afternoon slump, in the evening when things are winding down and the day draws to a close.

Be strong. Be courageous. Be strong and courageous.

For God has shown me what is good (Micah 6:8). And I don’t have to wait until a new calendar year to make changes. For as the band Relient K so aptly put it, With every passing second comes a second chance.

So here’s to pressing on in the reminder of 2012 and into (and hopefully beyond) 2013.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

P.S. I know I had hoped to have a story to share with you today, but I didn’t get everything together in time. So stay tuned for Monday’s post!

*Photo Credit: lauren © 2007 (Flickr via Creative Commons)

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