Have You Done a Self-Assessment Lately?
Have You Done a Self-Assessment Lately?
Jan 26, 2018
"My Thought for Your Day" by Paul Minzlaff
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The ad read – Take a Free Life Assessment Today! The advertisement further promised it would be “eye opening” to me. The question I was left to answer; did I really want to have some computer program assess my life?
The whole idea of assessment got me thinking about how is it that I best assess my own life. Further, how would I assess my spiritual journey and my faith, my relationship with my Heavenly Father? Would conducting an assessment provide opportunity to improve and grow in my love for the Lord?
As you consider doing your own brief self-assessment, let’s examine a couple of challenges God knows we all face.
What God Wants for You
- Courage – The Bible records many stories of courageous men and women. Look no further than David and his courage of facing Goliath. We must begin each day remembering that we face nothing alone. In the book of Joshua, we read these words: “So I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous.” Each day, our trust in God is on display. Start focusing on the Word of God and turn the results over to Him.
- Growth – Just as plants in nature require soil, water and sun, we as people require certain elements in our lives to grow; and grow we must. We should never be content with our spirituality. God clearly encourages you to grow in your relationship with Him. We are to bear fruit and grow by sharing the Good News of the Gospel to all people. A gentle reminder – we are to plant the seed, but it is God who makes things grow.
- Discipline – I think one of the best ways to approach discipline and embrace it in our life is to focus on these words from the Apostle Paul: “the Lord disciplines those he loves, what son is not disciplined by his father?” “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, later on however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace.” When we use the Word of God to mold our life, it acts as a curb keeping us on the road of life. Paul makes this a clear message in these words: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2Timothy 3:16)
- Peace – How do you define true peace? Contentment; acceptance; maybe surrender – these are words that come to mind for me. Each of us will face daily trials, but God has already purchased your peace in advance. Jesus and the cross have overcome the world. So rejoice in the words of John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
- Relationship – We have been created to be in community with one another. How can we serve and use the gifts and talents we have been provided in isolation? Joy and happiness are achieved through experiences; God does not want you sitting on the sidelines watching others play the game. He invites you to join His team; to love one another in thought, word and deed, as you choose to make a difference in the world.
Doing a personal “check-in” is a valuable exercise to conduct on a regular basis. Self-assessment can bring with it a degree of fear and anxiety as we search for the truth and reflect on the path life is taking us. But God invites you to choose a life of faith over fear. His grace and mercy are greater than any situation you are facing. God’s Word assures us that we are not to be anxious about the challenges life throws our way: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God.”(Philippians 4:6)
Today is a great time to assess and reflect – the next step is yours, God can’t wait to respond to your requests.
Thoughts to Encourage
- What we have in mind, may not be what God has in store.
- What we place our attention on tends to grow stronger.