No, it’s not Lent, an examined life is appropriate for any season. Plato said, “The life which is unexamined is not worth living.” I would add that a life with self-assessment helps us to: review our way in the world, locate the real cause of our indi-vidual issues and problems, examine time management, inspect the quality of our pray-er life and evaluate how faithful we have been with our spiritual gifts.
May the prayer which follows assist you as you continue to recapture purpose and a holistic look at present reality.
Excerpt from This Day: A Wesleyan Way of Prayer
by Laurence Hull Stookey
In the month now ended: To what extent have I identified God’s work in my life:
- in making me more compassionate toward the needs of individuals?
- in giving me resolve to do what I can to remedy the deep ills of society, particularly all forms of abuse and exploitation that demean God’s daughters and sons?
- in giving me greater spiritual discernment while at prayer, particularly in the study of the Scriptures?
Have I prayed earnestly for peace, and given thanks for all who seek to bring it about?
How have I worked toward it in my own community? in my own family?
To what extent have I worked to preserve and protect the physical world around me by conserving its resources.
Am I more aware now than before of the extent of the church across the whole earth and of the many problems faced by fellow
In the longer range: Looking beyond the month just ended,
What growth do I see in my walk with God across the years?
What threats to committed discipleship have I overcome?
What threats still challenge me?
What growth in grace do I wish to achieve in the future?
Have I remembered to give thanks to God for all progress I see and to seek earnestly from God the power to follow more fully?
Rev. Benita Rollins
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