Friday, March 28, 2014

Take a Moment to Reflect . . .

Blue Stick Man Reflect Clip ArtYesterday I wrote, "In children's ministry we often tend to be moving from one program, ministry or activity to the next - often at "break-neck" speed - and we may not take the time to pause and refresh; so today, stop what you are doing and take time to Pause!" and then took time to consider pausing

Today I want to take a moment to consider what it means to "reflect" and why we should do so, but first, let's think about what "reflect" means. I looked on-line and found the following synonyms for "reflect" . . . "chew overthink over; meditate; mull; mull over; muse; ponder; ruminate; reflect; speculatecontemplate". So, with these in mind, let's think about taking a moment to "reflect" . . . 
  • As you "reflect" or "chew over", "think over", "ponder" or "contemplate" the past seven months, what did you do which you are really happy with? 
  • What went the way you wanted it to - for the most part? 
  • What did you do over the school-year thus far which you want to be sure to do again in the school-year of 2014/15? 
  • What did you do which you can continue or build on through the Summer?
  • What did not go the way you wanted it to?
  • What did you do which you do not want to repeat in the school-year of 2014/15?
  • If you are not going to repeat something you did, what will you do to replace it for 2014/15?
  • What do you wish you had tried?
  • Is there something new you think you might like to try for 2014/15?
Reflecting is all about evaluating, because if we do not evaluate the things we do, how will we know if we are "on target" or just throwing everything at the wall hoping something "sticks"? Take time this week to, "reflect, chew over, think over, ponder and contemplate" . . . and be sure to take notes!

Do you make time to, "reflect"?

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