Taking Time to Reflect



I’m in a season of reflecting. I continue to revisit past situations and circumstances. I’m trying to analyze them to wonder why things happened the way they did and see what I can learn from them. Right now it is Sunday night and I’m writing, and I can’t help but reflect on the weekend that is coming to a close. We just had an incredible weekend as a family.  

We had a family friend come to visit us that is a very gifted photographer. We spent a few days in Central Park and other places in the city having our picture taken. I felt like a celebrity. It was kind of awesome having someone follow you around the biggest city in the U.S. taking your picture all day. At one point when my daughter was getting her picture taken someone ran past and said “ah she is in a photo shoot.” I couldn’t help but laugh. 

I look at this picture and can’t help but think of how far we have come. If a picture says a thousands words I’m definitely trying to find all one thousand for this one. When I look at it I see a mature family that has grown and become closer in the past year. When you live in a small space you can’t help but be close to each other. As I reflect I can’t help but be thankful.  Here are a few things I’m thankful for right now:

Friends – Fair-weather friends are those that stick with you when times are great. They are your friends because you help meet a need in their life. If things change, and they will, then your “friend” will be finding a new friend. I’m thankful for the friends that are still here. These are the type of friends that are there with you through hell. These are the type of friends that will celebrate you when something great happens. These are the kinds of friends I’m thankful for. How can you tell the difference between the two? Time.

Faith – My faith has changed more in the past year than I can remember. Some of what I believe has been challenged and shaken, and I did not see it coming. It is funny how things can crumble and all you are left with is the foundation. If you find yourself at the bottom, its not a bad place to be because you find yourself where you originally found meaning and purpose. That is what has happened to me. I’m back to my foundation of faith and I like it here.

Family – Probably the single most important thing in my life is my wife and kids. I’m thankful for them because they bring be so much joy and happiness. Our home can be chaotic and crazy. You have to be careful when you walk through it because you may step on a toy and you may here a baby crying and well you get it…I wouldn’t change it. I cherish them.

Future – When I look at the picture I can’t help but think, “there is a family that is going somewhere.” I’m so excited about where we are, but I can’t help but dream for more. There is more for you and me, and I can’t wait to taste it. I can’t wait to experience it with my family. There is definitely something inside of me that will not let me settle. As I laid on a blanket in Central Park yesterday I immediately started dreaming of more. What will it be like a year from now?

Living a life of reflection and thankfulness is a great way to live. Can you to stop for a few minutes and reflect on the things you are thankful for?

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  • Laura Berkstresser

    love this family! love this picture! love this blog! always enjoying learning from your wisdom, Pastor Luke!! -Laura Jo

    • http://lukeroland.com/ Luke Roland

      Thank you Laura Jo! You are a blessing to us.