Many world champion athletes, business leaders, and spiritual teachers all say that self-examination as an essential key to their success.
Self-examination in its simplest form is giving yourself time and space to think.
It’s about questioning yourself in a positive way about your life, relationships, friendships, faith and dreams.
But, many of us don’t take the time to do it – or maybe not as often as we’d like! We keep running on the treadmill of life feeling we don’t have any time to waste. We keep moving in order to keep up. But too often, we just crash and burn. That’s because the only way to keep up with the pace of life is to STOP. To hop off the treadmill. To take a step back and reflect on what’s working and what’s not. To identify what to keep and what needs to change.
You may have heard the saying’ “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again but expecting different results.” Yet, that is what so many of us do – continue on through life doing the same things and wondering why we aren’t getting a different outcome.
It’s important to know why exactly you are taking the time for self-examination.
Self-examination is not a form of naval gazing. We are not self-absorbed and looking inwards to see how we feel about ourselves or how we compare to other people. We are looking inwards to measure ourselves against Jesus – Gods perfect standard.
As Christians, every day we become more like Jesus OR less like Him.
Much can be gained by frequently reflecting on our actions and attitudes to measure how they conform to Christ.
On a practical level as Bruce described in the First Sunday in Lent video, we can set our phone alarm or reminders for the early morning, noon, evening and night time to briefly examine our actions and thoughts in the preceding hours and get ourselves back on track. What area of your life needs self-examination and reminders to stay on track today?
PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. Thank you for the gift of your Son who is our perfect example. May we not get caught up in the busyness of life and instead may we take time to pause, step back and examine our lives so that we can become more like Jesus today. Amen