THINKING AHEAD! We often are so caught up in the present that we don’t take time to think about the future. It is also good to rehearse the past so we understand how we got to where we are in life and what in life has made us the way we are. In Psalm 16 David is doing some of these things and he concludes by stating, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11 NIV) It would be good to take time at the beginning of this New Year to take time to reflect on how we arrived at this point in life.
Who have been the key players in our life? What have been the major events that have helped to shape me into the person I am now? Where have I been and where am I going? Can we say with David concerning God, “You make known to me the path of life.”? If so, at what time in life did God make His path known to you and how well have you been following that path? And can we say with David in speaking of God, “You fill me with joy in your presence.”? What greater thing is there than being in God’s presence and being filled with His joy?
At this point you are probably saying, “Enough already!” OK, I know reflection takes time and sometimes it may be unpleasant but it also can be pleasant as we remember those who have made impacts on our lives and have helped us to be the person we are today. And reflection can also help us set direction for the future and help us change course for the future if we have gotten off God’s path for our life. And reflection can also help us to see the wonderful things God has in store for us in the future. As David said there will be “eternal pleasures at your (God’s) right hand. For the Christian reflecting on the future with Christ will help keep us on God’s pathway today. So take some time to reflect on your life and plan ahead for eternity. These could be some of the most valuable moments of your year.