I read an article recently about the benefits of ending your day with several reflection questions. I’ve found the practice helpful and thought you would as well.
Reflection is an ancient practice, with references in the Bible (Lamentations 3:40-41; Galatians 6:4-5; 2 Corinthians 13:5). Ignatius of Loyola encouraged the practice with the early Jesuits, as did John Wesley with the early Methodists.
Here’s what I noticed
As you walk through the questions, you decompress and let go, you also rest in knowing where you’re headed the next day, both of which foster better sleep.
More importantly, questions like these keep us self-aware and awake to the Holy Spirit. As we answer the questions we hear from God and move forward in the journey of faith. Never forget faith is a movement. We are followers of Christ, moving forward with intentionality, constant discovery, and growth. Our growing bears fruit in our words, actions, and service to others.
I also noticed the longer I keep to the practice, the richer it becomes. It started off simple, even superficial. But as the days passed, I began to be more honest with myself. I also began to trust I could be more and more honest with God.
Here are the questions I’m using. They came from several different sources. I answer them by writing in a journal.
1. What happened today?
Make a quick bullet list or write a narrative
2. Glory Sighting: Where did you see God at work in others? In and through you?
Each day can bring a new testimony to God’s grace, provision, and power.
3. What did you read/hear/learn?
Christians are lifelong learners
4. What are you thankful for?
“A life contemplating the blessings of Christ becomes a life acting the love of Christ.” ― One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
5. How are you feeling emotionally?
Be honest and seek Christ’s perspective
6. How did you fall short of loving God, others, and yourself?
Ask for and receive Christ’s forgiveness and freedom
7. What are you asking the Holy Spirit to do in you and through you?
This could be about a relationship, your work, a situation, your ministry, etc.
8. What will you do tomorrow to move forward with Christ?
Answer this in relation to question 7
What questions would you add to this list? I look forward to hearing about your time with God and to seeing the great and good changes this practice will bring in your life.
– Lisa <><
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NRSV
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.
Ending Your Day With Reflection Questions © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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I tried doing this for a couple of nights and found it very helpful. It does help you decompress and reflect on the day.
Wonderful Jim! I hope it becomes a valuable part of your evening routine. – Lisa <
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