As women, we can be so persistent in making sure we have our physical check-ups. Any unfamiliar ache or bodily pain is on our to-do list to check out or find a drugstore solution to. What we aren’t always sensitive to is how we are really feeling- to our authentic selves. Are you holding onto hurtful words a co-worker said to you last week? Did you give those burning words of encouragement to your friend that’s going through a break-up? What’s stopping you from seeing the best in your day?
If your well is empty, you will have nothing to pour out onto others.
We can get so entangled with our own ‘stuff’ that we forget that if we don’t have any water in our own well, we will have nothing to give out to others. A spiritual check-up is like a self-check up and a cleansing mixed together. We as women are so important and taking the time out to show yourself how valuable you are shouldn’t go overlooked. Take some quiet time this week and ask yourself these questions. Don’t worry, you’ll know what needs to be adjusted by how you feel after internalizing the question. Take some time this week to love yourself more and get anything out of your spirit that may be holding you back.
Do you need to forgive someone?
Jesus is clear that if we don’t forgive others, the Father does not forgive us (Matt. 6:14-15). So, while we may think our anger is justified, it only hurts us to stay bitter. The cost, in fact, is serious as it harms our relationship with God.
Does your daily talk reflect godliness?
It’s hard to read Ephesians 5:4 (“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving”) without evaluating our daily conversations. If other believers heard everything you said last week, would your witness be strengthened or harmed?
Does your budget reflect a commitment to God’s work?
I know it sounds trite, but what we give toward God’s work really does have eternal dividends. Any sacrifice so others may know Jesus is no sacrifice at all. Would your checkbook show you prioritize God’s kingdom?
Do you know your neighbors and co-workers?
It’s easy to be so “on the go” that we know our neighbors and co-workers on only a superficial basis, if we know them at all – which makes it difficult to share Christ with them. Even our prayer for them is surface-level if we don’t know them.
Do you pray regularly for leaders?
Regardless of our political positions, we are mandated to pray for those in authority (1 Tim. 2:1-2). Think about those for whom you might pray: school officials, bosses, mayors, governors, the president. Obedience here is especially important in this election season.
Do you pray only when you have to?
Many of us pray more reactively than proactively. Prayer is not in our DNA; it is only our response when we face something we can’t handle. That kind of praying misses the point of being in a relationship with God.
Are you hiding anything?
Hiddenness is usually a sign the enemy is winning in one’s life. Then, the anguish of such sin is only deepened by the efforts we expend trying to keep it covered up.
Do you really love God’s church?
Paul thanked God for the Corinthians at the beginning of his letter to them (1 Cor. 1:4-9) and expressed his love for them in his closing (1 Cor. 16:24). In between, though, he described them as a mess. Only God can give us this kind of love for His bride, especially when the church is problematic.
Are you ready to quit?
Maybe your church role has drained you to the point you wonder if it’s worth the effort. If your faith is being stretched to its limit, I encourage you to gather prayer partners and talk with friends before giving up.
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