How To Assess Where You Are In Life: Part One
by: Stephanie Rasbach | April 25, 2017
Every once in a while, it’s good to take an assessment of where you are in your life. It could be a mid-life crisis or a planned look at life. The first time I took assessment of where my life was, I had nothing to base it on other than where I thought my life would be based on my dreams and goals but there is a much better way that would be more productive.
Five things to consider to do a thorough inventory of your life:
1. Make time to spend time alone with God. Job 33:33 (TLB) tells us to “Listen to Me. Keep silence and I will teach you wisdom.” That was God talking to Job. Wisdom is not learned or caught on the fly. It requires spending time with God not only on a daily basis renewing our minds with His word (Romans 12:2 ESV). Taking time periodically to spend alone with God evaluating the quality of your life, what you’ve done well and not so well, what you want to continue doing and what you want/need to change. This can only be done effectively when you make some time to be quiet before God without distractions.
2. Be open to what God wants to show you about your life. Job 7:11 states “Let me express my anguish. Let me be free to speak out of the bitterness of my soul.” (TLB) God can take whatever it is we need to express or experience. Nothing is too big or difficult for Him, nor is anything too small. He wants us to share with Him whatever is going on with us, our desires, disappointments, shame, regrets, goals and dreams. In order to do this, we need to see Him as our Abba Father (daddy) to be open enough to be honest enough to do the work required. It’s important to remember that condemnation/shame does not come from God – that’s from the enemy with the goal of leading you away from God. Guilt God uses to draw us to Him as He freely provides forgiveness to those who repent (Romans 3:24).
3. Trust God with what you will learn about yourself. Isaiah 40:29 reminds us that we can rely on Jesus as He “gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” He wants us to trust Him enough to crawl up into His lap and tell Him everything about ourselves and our lives. The scriptures are full of examples of God’s faithfulness, so if you have difficulty seeing His faithfulness in your life, just look at scripture – both the Old and New Testaments are full of examples.
4. Analyze your life. Now…you’re ready to analyze your past honestly! You must step out of your comfort zone and out of denial to be able to look at your life honestly and thoroughly!
5. List events in your life both good and bad. This will take some time as you list as much as you can remember from your past – as far back as you can remember. Remember, this needs to be done in a private place without distractions. Once you have everything down on paper, you can take an honest look at it and look for patterns of behavior that you need to change, amends you need to make and identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. Knowing this can help you update your goals and dreams for ones that may be more appropriate for where you are in life now.
To learn more about how to live more fulfilled life based on an honest assessment, come to Celebrate Recovery Tuesday 6:30pm in Henry Chapel.