Self Examination

One way to dig deeper in any facet of life is to constantly exam or evaluate yourself. Most times we spend a lot of time evaluating or examining others. Take for example celebrities, athletes or even politicians, they are constantly under the microscopic evaluation of the public. While it is true that some of them crave the spotlight, most of them just want to be left alone to go about their day.

Personally, I find it disconcerting to examine myself, it is much easier to analyze and examine others. Sometimes, I am like a surgeon dissecting and cutting, drawing conclusions about others when I don’t have the slightest idea who they really are. Many times, we don’t realize the damage we inflict on ourselves when we are entrenched in this habit of spending endless amount of time talking about someone we don’t really know. Don’t get me wrong, some conversations about people can be constructive but when it becomes a habit of being negative in our opinions towards others then that is not helpful.

That is why Luke 6:42 says “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”

When Jesus spoke these words, he was speaking to the religious leaders of the day, He was getting them to change their focus from pointing fingers at others to humbly engaging in some self-evaluation. Like I mentioned earlier, it is not easy to focus on yourself but it is a practice that can yield great results. So where are you today? I mean, how have you been spending your day? In this new month, it would be a good practice to take some time to check your speech, your thoughts, finances, your relationships, your gifts and abilities to mention a few.  It is so easy to get caught up in the noise of the world and neglect yourself in the process. I pray that God gives us the strength and the humility to take a closer look at ourselves and with God’s help, work on all the things that prevent us from living a productive life. May your speech and thoughts towards others come from  a positive place since we all have our own weaknesses and are where we are because of God’s grace. HAPPY NEW MONTH!!!

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