Galatians 6 starts by telling us to keep watch on ourselves. It's telling us to step back every now and then and take stock of our life.
Know what's inside you. Learn how to outsmart your own weaknesses. God's growth plan for you is: 'We will no longer be immature... We won't be tossed and blown about... We will not be influenced when people try to trick us... Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ' (Ephesians 4:14-15 NLT).
Say your life is a backpack you're lugging up a steep hill. Wouldn't it be fairly helpful to know what's in there, and why? If you're still being defeated by the same habits and hang-ups you struggled with as a new believer, or five years ago, then pause - God wants you to be aware of what's going on inside you. Search out His help. Instead of always having to be 'carried', get on your feet to the place where you can feed yourself spiritually (with the right stuff - Spirit-food that'll help you grow), pray in faith over your own problems, and make Spirit-led decisions concerning your life.
So what now? Write down on different bits of paper all the things - spiritual gifts, strong friendships, defining moments, wrong choices - that float around your heart and head. Now start to pack your backpack. What's worth putting in for the journey? And what'll just weigh you down? Give some of them to God to deal with if you're not sure.
Soulfood : 1 Sam 21:1-6, Hosea 6:4-6, Matt 12:1-14, Matt 12:1-14