One of the best ways to stay in touch with yourself is to find and use a series of questions for each of five different area of your life ….
If we find or design these questions and then ask ourselves these questions on a regular basis we will be better able to stay in touch with who we are called by the Lord to be and what the Holy Spirit is guiding us to do.
I believe it was the ancient philosopher Plato who said, “An unexamined life is not worth living!”
I spend time every month or so taking a look at who I am and where I am at in my journey with Jesus and my journey through life. I usually record my findings in my journal and even, at times, write a blog or two in relation to my findings. I find this discipline to be helpful and healthy. I call it taking a personal inventory.
I will be sharing, over the next couple of days, the lists I use to examine several key areas of my life. It might be helpful if you took some time to go through the questions and honestly answer them for yourself. Or, even better, if you take this idea, run with it, and develop your own list of questions that you will then use to examine your journey.
TEN QUESTIONS: INTROSPECTION
- In what area of life have I lost my passion? (What can I do to get it back?)
- If the enemy were going to “take me out,” what are my three most vulnerable points?
- What new burden has God given me in the last year?
- What have I unlearned that has made me closer to God?
- What new discipline is God calling me to do?
- What has God asked me to do that I haven’t yet done?
- Is there something that I think about more than I think about pleasing God? (Money, possessions, ministry, family, recreation, something else.)
- Do I have an increasing joy in serving Christ?
- Am I handling the pain of life and ministry with integrity?
- Am I still being persecuted for my faith in Christ?
TEN QUESTIONS: FAMILY
- Am I closer to my spouse (best friend) today than I was a year ago?
- Have I read God’s Word with my family (best friend) this week?
- Have I prayed with each member of my family (best friend) this week?
- Do my children (physical and spiritual) know they come before the people in the church?
- Are my children (physical and spiritual) joyfully experiencing Christ at church or do they resent the church?
- Does my spouse (best friend) feel close to me spiritually?
- If my spouse (best friend) could have me change one thing about me, what would it be? (Why haven’t I changed in this way? What am I going to do about it?)
- Are we honouring the Sabbath?
- Do my family and friends enjoy being around me?
- Can my family clearly articulate my personal values and vision?
One further list tomorrow….