What does "debrief" mean?
Merriam-Webster.com states one meaning as "to carefully review upon completion."
I think it is a sign of wisdom, or perhaps, competence, to debrief the seasons of our lives.
And not just the seasons, but the stages.
Not just the stages, but the events.
Not only the events, but the everyday happenings of our existence.
I heard someone read an article today about a woman who was reflecting on motherhood and what it had been like raising her children.
There was a commitment in her heart to train up her children toward faith in God before her first child was even conceived.
She wrote of how she had read scripture verses to her children as they were in their cribs.
Looking back on her life as a parent, she felt that she had not been a perfect mother, but she had remained true to her mission of honoring God in her mothering.
To carefully review a project upon its completion is paramount if future tasks are to be successfully undertaken.
When a builder constructs a house, he must appraise the integrity of the structure when it is finished.
Is he pleased with the outcome?
Were there changes that could have been made to have increased the quality of the structure?
Were there areas that were neglected or areas that were given more attention than was needed?
Whether we build houses or companies, relationships or legacies, reviewing the past and then moving on to the new is of great importance.
Considering what went wrong while also considering what went right keeps us in a balanced state of assessment.
If we focus only on our failures, we can become heavy laden with guilt, forgetting that God forgives us, with mercies new every morning.
If we consider only the positive, we may become complacent and unguarded to the spiritual battles that rage invisibly around us on a day to day basis that, as in the past, we must still face.
When a child enters school, shouldn’t we consider how the first five years of parenting have gone?
When they enter the teen years, should we not consider the outcome of the previous stage of growth?
When we change careers or positions within a specific one, shouldn’t we consider what was learned in the first?
Having placed our faith in God at the center of every endeavor we have embarked on, we must not fail to also ponder how He was at work in us and our surroundings through it all.
Moving forward with God’s love, grace and mercy.
What does that mean to you?
The Lord‘s unfailing love and mercy still continue,
Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise.