In Plato’s Dialogues, Socrates says, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” What do you think this means? Is it a valid statement? As we approach the end of 2011, this is a good opportunity to reflect upon life, our lives as followers of Christ, and our life together as the Church of Jesus Christ.
What is life worth? How do we value life itself? Are we taking life for granted? Or, do we understand and accept life as a gift of God?
What am I doing with this life God has given me? Is it my life to live as only I desire? Is my life positively impacting the lives of those around me? In what ways? Are there things I would like to change? Is my life glorifying God? Do others see Christ alive in me? What will be my greatest legacy? What do I want my legacy to be?
How have I experienced God in my life at Covenant? Where or in what ways do I see God at work? What part am I playing in help to grow disciples of Jesus Christ who love God, love others, and serve in the world? How am I growing in faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ? How does my relationship with God impact my other relationships? My marriage? My family? My friends? My co-workers?
How are we, Covenant, making a positive impact on our community? Our world? What difference does it make that we welcome groups like AA, Al-Anon, Al-A-Teen into God’s facility? What do we communicate to those whom we welcome into this building? If we were to close Covenant, board up the windows and go away, what would our community think? Would they miss us? Would they even notice?
As you approach the end of 2011, I encourage you to take time to reflect, to examine your life.
1. What are you doing to grow disciples of Jesus Christ in your family/home? Within Covenant’s community? Outside Covenant?
2. What passions, skills, talents, time might you offer to God for building his kingdom?
3. How can I walk more closely with God? As a husband or wife? As a father or mother or grandparent?
4. What will I give financially to the building of God’s kingdom? What will I give toward Covenant’s 2012 Ministry Budget? Covenant’s Building Fund?
Karl Pelachuk, in his book, Relax, Focus, Succeed, suggests that people who “examine their lives, who think about where they’ve been, how they got there, and where they’re going, are much happier people.”
Join me in some reflection, some self-examination. For me, this is a pathway to a grateful and generous life.
To the Glory of God,