'Let us examine our ways...and...return to the Lord.' Lamentations 3:40 NIV
We may pray, 'Lord, make me a better person.' But, we need to be willing to examine each area of our lives, and allow God to reveal which areas we need to be healthier in.
To start the habit of becoming whole, answer these questions carefully and prayerfully: (1) Am I honest and careful with my finances? Do I avoid debt and give generously to others? (2) Do I expose myself to inappropriate situations or material I know I shouldn't be? (3) Do I spend enough time with my family, and would they say that I do? (4) Do I tell the truth even when it brings me hurt or criticism? (5) Do I find it easy to say, 'I was wrong. I'm sorry'? (6) Am I compromising any area of my life, or refusing to face the consequences of my actions? (7) Have I formed habits that are detrimental to my health, job, family or faith? (8) Am I proud, selfish or arrogant? (9) Have I taken credit for things that others did? (10) Have I failed to confess something to someone? (11) Have I been insensitive or offensive to anyone? (12) Am I spending enough time with my heavenly Father?
The Bible says: 'Let us examine our ways...and... return to the Lord' (Lamentations 3:40 NIV). It is totally for our own good!
So what now? Get real with God as you answer these questions. Which areas need some attention and work? It's not about being 'a better person' - it's about being whole and healthy, which is God's desire for you.
Soulfood: 2 Chr 5-7, John 11:1-16, Ps 83:9-18, Pro 26:17-22