Reflection can also mean P-R-A-Y

| October 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Jared Vineyard
225th Brigade Support Battalion
2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

Chaplain (Capt.) Jared Vineyard
Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion
25th Infantry Division Chaplain

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars… For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places…” (Matthew 24:6-7)

I don’t know about you but when I read passages like this and begin to look around at our world today, I begin to think… what is going on? What is God doing? What is the world doing? What am I doing? While bad things (man-made or natural) have always happened around the globe we now have the ability (with technology and resources) to know about them almost immediately. And with hearing and knowing about so much… what are we to do about it?

How about we PRAY? What do I mean by that? When times are hard we should PRAY…
P- Prepare for the future
R- Remember the past
A- Appreciate the present
Y- Focus less on Yourself and more on others

Prepare for the future.
Sometimes the future can feel frightening, but one of the ways to lessen the fear of the future is to prepare in the present. Preparation can be in many forms. It may be ensuring important documents are ready, having an emergency fund or cash on hand, having a home ‘power-out’ kit and so on. Physical preparation can help ease the emotional stresses of the unknown. We need to practice preparing for the future!

Remember the past.
Remember the past in a way that it benefits your present. All of our past, the easy times or the difficult, are all working to transform us into the people we are meant to be today. What has your past taught you? Are you wiser now? How has your past benefited you to put you in the position you are in today? Are you making a difference in the world because of it? We need to practice remembering in a way that benefits us!

Appreciate the present.
While looking both forward and backward in life can be important at times, we should never forget that the only time guaranteed to us is now! We need to make the most of the present! One of the ways we do that is to remember to ‘count our blessings,’ or in Army-speak, ‘hunt the good stuff.’ We all have good things going on now and it is important to never lose sight of the blessings of life, no matter what is going on around us. We need to practice counting our blessings today!

Focus less on Yourself and more on others.
One of the more well-known secrets of life is that the more I focus on myself, the more discontent I become. We were made to live and be in community with one another. Therefore, when we focus our time, talents, and treasures on caring for others, we find ourselves being cared for as well. We need to practice putting others first.

Though the times we live in may be uncertain, we can take certain steps to help ourselves and others walk more confidently through the day. And while the steps of PRAY can be helpful, let us never forget to REALLY pray as well. It is like the English preacher of old (John Bunyan) once said, “You can do more than pray, after you pray, but you cannot do more than pray until you prayed.”

Amen, Pastor Bunyan. So let’s pray, and then PRAY, and then pray some more!

 

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