Thanks to Eugene Peterson and the Daily Message, I’m reading through the Bible in one year. This book lays out a couple chapters and a Psalm or Proverb to read six days of the week. On the seventh day, however, it says there is no scriptural reading assigned. I’m supposed to use the time for reflection on the readings for the week, resting in God’s word, and asking “God to bring to mind the things he wants.”
I like that.
I like it first, because it’s easier to keep up (in case I miss a day during the week). But mostly I like it because I think it’s important. It’s easy for me to consume, even God’s word, and not take the time to reflect on it. It’s easy for me to read through a week of scripture in order to catch-up, or keep up, and not let those words sink into my own heart and mind and soul. We all need reflection days and this book is smart enough to build them in.
So today, I’m asking you to reflect on something. I’m trying to build it in to your day, your week, maybe even your routine. I’m asking you to take even 10 minutes today to think about the kind of person you want to be. For me, over the last week, six different things have emerged. What would that list look like for you though?
Journal some thoughts. Print them out and hang them on your bathroom mirror or write them on index cards to keep in your car. If you are the tweeting type, I’d ask you to tweet it (using the hashtag #thekindofperson).
Take some time to reflect and recapture who you want to be. And share it with someone. Share it with a lot of people if you can. I think this is important. I think it will inspire you and others. I think it will make a difference.