Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, January, 2014

posted Jan 3, 2014, 4:19 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Jan 3, 2014, 4:19 PM ]
THE VALUE OF SELF EXAMINATION

    You have probably heard this quote before, attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, that, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Lao-Tzu (also known as Laozi or Lao—Tze), a Chinese philosopher credited with founding the philosophical system of Taoism, who lived even before Socrates, in a similar vein suggested that “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” I am going to recommend that, as we approach another year of life, that it would be worth our time to take these thoughts above more seriously.

    Do we believe that self-examination and getting to know ourselves are worth the time and effort? Socrates believed that without an “examined life” there was no point in living. Why is it then that many, if not most of us today, actively avoid such an “examination.”

    Those who do examine their lives, who think about where they've been, how they got here, and where they're going, are bound to profit from the effort. Obviously, no one has all the answers. And no one's life is completely free of trouble and strife. But those who have some sense of where they belong in the universe will also have a context for understanding how all the elements of their life relate to each other and fit together.

    If there are two people, one with a map and one without a map, who has the better chance of reaching his or her destination? The one with the map, of course.

    When you set aside time to examine your life,

    You get to choose your destination; You get to set the goals;

    You get to determine the path, you get to decide how long it will take.

    You get to decide whether you're on the right path or the wrong path.

    In other words, you begin to know yourself and what you expect from life. You decide who you want to be and focus on becoming a more Christ like person.
Examining your life brings tremendous freedom. You can take control of your life if you are willing to set aside some time for reflection (half an hour a day would work) to get started.

    The hardest thing about examining your life is getting started. You have to sit down quietly and get used to not doing anything. Just relax. Focus. And begin to reap the rewards. Have a profitable New Year!

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries


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