Thursday, June 24, 2010

On Regular Checkups

We think nothing of having annual vision or dental exams . . . even annual physical exams. It's part of caring for our bodies. Preventative maintenance. Even our automobiles get that! Yet when it comes to our spiritual well-being, is an annual examination going to keep us in tip-top shape?

Actually, we ought to examine our consciences on a daily basis. Why?
  • Because the world presents many opportunities to stumble.
  • The devil and his minions delight in tripping us up.
  • Our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked.
Unless we stay on top of things, it's possible for us to wallow in a "slough of despond" and for roots of bitterness to sink deep into our soul. Just as we submit ourselves to a physician or dentist or optometrist to check out our bodies, we have a Specialist of the spirit who delights in reordering our thoughts and words and deeds and keeping us on the right track.

"Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting."
~ Psalm 139:23-24

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