If you’re like me, you don’t like to be managed, coerced, or told what to do. That doesn’t mean that I don’t need to be sometimes. That’s why I always include dissenting voices in my life.
As great as it is to have people in your life to whom you are responsible, it’s far superior to develop the self-discipline of asking yourself certain questions that help you reveal hidden feelings and motives that can go unnoticed in the hurry and scurry of daily life. Here are five questions I ask myself on a regular basis.
- Am I more interested in the work I am doing for God than I am the work God wants to do in me?
- What temptation am I flirting with that seems to be under control today, that left unchecked can raise its head and derail me tomorrow?
- What lessons am I learning that will help me get better at the service I offer to those around me? If you just always do what you’ve always done, you’ll wake up one day and be left behind. So you constantly need to be honing your skills and learning about a way to do what you’re passionate about doing.
- Am I living today out of the overflow? Or am I just pushing myself, relying on my internal strength, ignoring the fact that one day I am going to hit the wall if I don’t take time to sharpen the axe?
- Who are the people in my life that I’m reaching out to; not for what they can do for me or help me do in the future, but just simply people I can help, show compassion to, and be a listening voice to help them through the hell they’re going through right now?
These are not the only questions. I’m sure you can think of more. But use these five to get started. Examine yourself. Make corrections before you see yourself drifting, or even beginning to cheat a little bit. Listen to the warning signs that you’re running on empty, and take the time to sharpen the axe. You’ll be far more productive, far more effective, and a lot happier.