Each morning before heading out to work I get myself ready in front of the mirror. I check to be sure my tie is straight, my hair looks good and I stare at my relection and think “I can’t believe how much I look like Daniel Craig as James Bond.”

My confidence is sky high as I step into the school yard and I just know it is going to be a good day. That’s how my day starts when I use the mirror in my bathroom at home.  I am not sure about you but getting ready in a hotel room is a whole different experience. It must be something about the super bright lights in a hotel bathroom but when I look at myself in the mirror there I see every blemish, every pore, every freckle, every wrinkle. And although I still look like James Bond unfortunately it is more like a grey bearded 70 year-old Sean Connery version looking back at me with a confused expression on his face thinking, “where did this guy come from?”

Reflections can be good and reflections can be, well not so good.

Although I am pretty sure the Apostle Paul was not talking about our reflections in the mirror he does describe in Philippians 4:8-9 the types of things that we should reflect on.

Philippians 4:8-9

8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

In Term 4 each year I take time to stop and reflect on how the year went. I consider things such as our academic results, successes within the life of the school, challenges faced and my own personal leadership of the College. Usually at the beginning of this process the things that initially come to mind are the challenges we faced, the things that did not quite go according to plan or the unfinished tasks. But as I start to look back through the calendar and our school newsletters I list down all of the great things that happened throughout the year.

By the end of the process, I feel like a young Bond again, ready to take on the world.

The Apostle Paul seemed to be on to something. When we focus on the negative things in life we tend to just see more and more negative things. But when we focus on the excellent things, the pure, the admirable, the praiseworthy we tend to see more of those things around us. I don’t ignore the negative things around me. I deal with them as I need to, but I assure you, life is a whole lot more fulfilling when you focus or reflect on the good more than the bad.

I am so looking forward to our Cedars Celebration Service next Wednesday evening at Figtree Anglican Church. There is always a wonderful atmosphere as we celebrate the achievements of our students, the way God has provided for us and the amazing future we have ahead. It’s a night where we reflect on all of the incredible things that happened in the life of our College.

I hope to see you there on the night and I encourage you to take a moment before the year ends to reflect on the good things that happened and from that positive place of reflection I hope you will be inspired as you dream and plan for 2018.