The Examined Life
Robert Fulghum wrote in his book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: “The examined life is no picnic…”
Oh how true are these words! I don’t like looking at my life and seeing all of the junk that is there. How about you? You would probably answer that with a big NO WAY! The important question is, why not? Because if we do and we are really honest, then we will have to admit to ourselves that we are missing the mark; that we have sin in our lives. The truth is, we can’t escape the fact that we are sinners. Every one of us sins, Paul tells us that in Romans 3:10&23.
It is so important that we look at our lives in light of God’s Word. It is THE standard and THE measuring stick in which we should evaluate our lives! If you are living an unexamined life, then more than likely, there is un-confessed sin, which hurts your relationship and fellowship with Christ! That is why it is important to stay in God’s Word all the time.
While the examined life may not be a picnic, it is a must! We must pray like King David did when he cried out: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23&24 (NLT)
How long has it been since you really examined your life against God’s Word and prayed Psalm 139:23&24? If it has been a long time, I encourage you to do so now. If the Holy Spirit points out some sin in your life, just confess it to Him immediately! He has promised us that if we confess it, He will forgive it! (1 John 1:9)
I don’t know about you, but I am glad we have a Heavenly Father that is full of grace and faithful to forgive us of our sins!
How often do you examine your life? And what is the hardest thing about the Examined Life that you struggle with?
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True, it is no fun to examine our lives and realize there is “junk” that needs to be thrown out with the garbage. Junk tends to clutter and cause things to be unorganized. That’s why people clean stuff out every now and then and have garage sales to get rid of it. The same way with our walk with the LORD. We can have so much “worldly junk” that we have collected, that we don’t realize it has cluttered our hearts to the point that we have no room for Him!! We must allow the Spirit to walk through the door of our soul and throw out the useless garbage.
Great point Diane! The key is allowing the Holy Spirit to clean up and get rid of the garbage!
Jacob – what you have written here is so applicable to our lives today. Your words are well written and thought provoking. We all need to examine our lives in the way you have written. Thank you for sharing this with me.
I am so proud of the growth in your life and pray God’s continued blessing in your life and your beautiful family’s. Love Auntie Sandi
Thanks Aunt Sandi!
Thanks so much for then encouraging words. So true that we MUST often examine our lives and clean out the junk. Life is difficult enough without junk!
I look forward to reading more from your blog!
Thanks Kim! You are right, life can be difficult! But I’m glad we have a Heavenly Father who loves is and give us the Holy Spirit to help us during those difficult times! And you are most welcome!