Wednesday July 20, 2011
Periodically I take time to do some evaluation of myself as to where I am and what my progress has been relating to my personal goals I have set up for myself. Some people do it in the new year and make new year resolutions that are typically broken on the following week. Some do it at the end of the year and some do it around a birthday or holiday. When I do evaluation of myself, I look at my goals and the specific activities that I have used to accomplish my goals. There are some goals that I have accomplished and I rejoice. There are some goals that have fallen by the way and I need to encourage myself to step it up. There are some areas of my life that I need to revamp because of my chronological limitations. It is a cathartic process and one I would encourage you to do if you aren’t doing it already.
There is another way of going about this process as well. I have ben talking about how well God knows us over the last three jlogs and the last part of this theme is found in the last two verses of Psalms 139. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24 NIV). I do feel that it is healthy to evaluate ourselves and the progress we have made, but the one who knows us best is in the beet position to do a thorough evaluation us us and what we need. God is more than willing to search us and our hearts to find areas that need realignment to His purposes and ways. He is more than willing to give us input. There is only one catch. We have to ask Him and be open to anything He has to say. It’s one thing to know how well He knows us. It’s another thing to have Him begin to point out areas that need His transformation. It means that we need to go through the humbling process of Him pointing out our weak areas and deficiencies which can–no will–be a painful process. But if there is no pain, there can be no gain.
On this journey, let the one who knows us so well have His way in you in pointing out what He wants to transform so that we might become His vessels for His purpose on this earth.