‘Search me, O God, and know my heart…’ Psalm 139:23 NIV
When you live an unexamined life – it shows! One pastor writes: ‘I’ve read many Christian authors who say that if Christ’s followers aren’t growing, it’s because they don’t make a habit of evaluating their lives… Those authors were describing me. I was always on the go, never looking deeply inside… I never did the kind of reflection that leads to growth, and I was paying the price – committing the same stupid sins over and over, living with the same heavy load of guilt. So I made a difficult decision: I decided that each day I would try to honestly assess my soul’s condition. I would look inside myself and write down what I saw… Feeling awkward and embarrassed, I started to write. "God, here are some areas of failure in my life. They aren’t going away, so I might as well take a look at them." Or, "Here’s a relationship or habit I’m concerned about. It’s not good and I don’t know how to improve it." …After writing a paragraph or two I would reflect on what I had written.’ There are benefits to keeping a spiritual diary of your walk with God that you can’t get any other way: (1) It forces you to slow down and examine the effectiveness of what you’re doing. (2) It frees you to ask, ‘Why am I doing this? How do I really feel about it? What is God saying to me?’ (3) By writing even a page a day, in one year you will have a 365-day record of prayers answered and lessons learned!
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012