At the end of the day, who we become matters.
Who we are is . . . not about position, possessions, or power . . . but about what resides deep within.
It’s easier to point out what family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and a million others need to work on, rather than pinpointing the needed work deep within ourselves. Evaluating self is a positive exercise of growth; however, it can easily become a self-condemning process.
The thing is . . . fear and pride move in like nobody’s business . . . and often diverts our attention from what actually needs our attention and work.
This is not an overnight process; it’s a long-drawn out lifetime process.
Honesty with God is key in the soul-work process. I had a friend from Texas who said, with as much Southern accent as anyone speaks, “We have to strip it all away and “get naked” before God in order to learn anything.”
First of all, I did not initially understand she was saying, “naked.” I had never thought of honesty as “getting naked.” My lack of understanding frustrated her. So. She repeated the concept, “get naked,” and began to remove a few pieces of clothing. It didn’t take long for me to understand.
The concept works.
Asking a question is a good way to begin the process of being honest about self.
Look at specific circumstances and honestly answer the question, “Which one have I been in this circumstance?
Answer this question, using each of the following examples. Ask the *Spirit to counsel, reveal, and guide you in the growth process. Take your time, considering each one:
- One deflects the presence of God. One reflects the presence of God.
- One is a victim. One is a student of life.
- One sees lack. One sees abundance.
- One takes. One gives.
- One expects help. One helps others.
- One is a part of the problem. One is a part of the answer.
- One thinks failure. One thinks success.
- One sees the impossible. One sees the possible.
- One gives up. One keeps on.
- One is stuck in it all. One finds the way through.
- One complains. One gives thanks.
- One is unkind. One is kind.
- One discourages. One encourages.
- One blames. One blesses.
- One manipulates. One serves.
- One condemns. One believes the best.
- One regrets. One learns.
- One harms. One heals.
- One excludes. One includes.
- One hates. One loves.
Which one is chosen changes in the process of growth.
Be encouraged. God is with you in all of it.