Anchor and learn

Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.
- 1 Corinthians 11:28

In 1 Corinthians, Paul is concerned that his friends who forego self-examination will find themselves drifting into sins of injustice and apathy. He knows they don’t want to drift in either of those directions. So he encourages them to inject self-examination into their worship.

A healthy practice of self-examination can keep you from drifting. One way self-examination anchors us is by keeping us in touch with where we’ve come from. Ignoring the past makes you susceptible in the future.

Start today’s reflection exercise by asking God to give you a meaningful awareness of the path you’ve traveled in the last year. Ask him to open your eyes so you can see the truth. Ask him to sharpen your mind. Ask him to give you the courage to confront reality, the freedom to grieve, and the energy to celebrate.

Ask yourself:

• What major events happened in your life in the last year?
• Who were your significant relationships in the last year?
• Where did you experience God in the last year?
• Where did you experience challenge and pain in the last year?
• How are you different today than you were at the beginning of last year?

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