For the last couple of weeks I have spent several days in retreat. Retreating isn't natural for me. I'd rather advance. Yet I know that if I don't take the time to sit back and reflect I am diminished. It's not that I get rejuvenated, it's actually rather taxing on me. I am an extrovert. I get energized around people and to think I have to process out loud. Thankfully the retreats I've been on haven't been silent. They have provided me with an opportunity to reflect and plan. If I don't reflect on where we've been it's impossible to know where our challenges are. These retreats have been a great help to me and I'm thankful for the time set aside to have been able to do them. I know that going on retreat isn't something everyone can do. But do you set aside time for reflection about where you've been so that you can seek where God is calling you in the future? Why not start simply? Try setting aside one period of time once a week to reflect. For years I have followed a basic principle that allows me both time for reflection and rejuvenation: divert daily, withdraw weekly, and abandon annually. It might not come naturally but it will be worth it!
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