Time for quiet reflections is necessary when in ministry. How often you can be drained of all your strength; physical, mental and spiritual when counselling others. Over the years I have found that in order to continue to give of my best, I needed to find the time to refresh and renew my own spiritual commitment and dedication to the work the Lord has called me to. I therefore am sharing my own strategy and hope that it will be of use to others in ministry.
Each morning set aside a few minutes for "Quiet Time." Use this time to talk to God and ‘listen’ for HIS response through the Bible. The following method is recommended for this exercise.
Begin by thanking God for the new day, and then ask Him to help you learn from what you will read and meditate on.
Read designated scripture for the day, e.g. Monday – 1st Cor. 13:1-13 [Follow your own personal daily bible reading guide]
Ask yourself the following questions:
-What is the central meaning of the passage?
-What is God saying to me?
-How can I apply this to my ministry to others?
Review using one of the following methods:
1] Write the verses in your own words or write down the word or phrase that speaks to you most.
2] Write a letter to God telling HIM what you felt.
Commune with God about what you've learned. [If this exercise has been done in a group setting then, share with others what you learned.]
It is important to remember that just as you need to nourish your physical body, so too, your spirit must be fed. Spending time in quiet reflection is one of the keys to growing spiritually. The book of Psalms is a good place to start reading when you begin your journey into ‘Quiet Reflection’.
A wonderful website called “Seven Daily Exercises” helped me to spend quality time in ‘quiet reflection’ especially since I spend a lot of time on the computer for study. Overtime I formed my own method of reflection based on that site. I recommend that you also visit http://uwacadweb.uwyo.edu/uwfca/seven_daily_exercises2.htm for further edification.