Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Galatians 6:4-5 (MSG)
That is what I will do. What will you do? I will do a careful exploration of myself. I will test myself. How will you test yourself? That is a good question. I wonder if I am capable of asking myself the right questions. That is also a good question. Some questions seem to jump out to me from your word. I probably don’t need to come up with my own questions. I could let your word help form the questions I will ask myself. That sounds good. Let me hear the questions that jump out of my word to you. Here goes. I have a lot of questions for myself. Do I know the work that you have given to me? Am I doing the work that you have given to me? If I don’t know the work you have given to me, how can I discover the work you have given to me? Have I made a good effort to discover the work you have given to me? Am I investing my life in the work you have given to me? Have I been careful to humbly do your work or am I quite impressed with myself? Am I happily and contently doing your work or am I comparing myself and my work with others? What dangers are there in comparing myself and my work with others? Have I allowed myself to become either discouraged or prideful as I have compared myself and my work with others? Finally, am I giving you my very best and most creative effort as I do the work you have given to me? Those are all very good questions.
I want to make sure that not only have I asked myself good questions, but that I have also answered them well. That makes good sense. That is wise. I am also sure that many, maybe all, of these questions will need to be asked and answered by me over and over again, over the course of my life. That is true and also wise. Most importantly, I need to let you ask me these and any other questions so that I can be properly tested. In addition, the only one that can correctly score my test is you. You will need to help me to know If I have asked and answered these questions well. You will need to help me to give my very best and most creative efforts in serving you. I need you to spur me on. I need you to encourage me. I need you to make me fruitful for your kingdom. I need you to make me able to bring glory to your name. So, I will be relying on you completely to serve you fully. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for giving me work to do for you. I will not look around and compare myself or the work you have given me with others. I will happily do what you ask of me. I will give you my very best and creative efforts to do the work I have been given. Amen
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