Yesterday’s post on twitter litter gave me pause for self-reflection. How much of my life is really lived with value, passion and purpose and how much is like so much litter? If you were interviewing YOU for a job, such questions of value and purpose would inevitably come up. So here are ten tough questions for a self interview:
1. How deep or shallow is my life? Is it preoccupied with sports and hobbies and meaningless internet communication? Or does it honor my life passions about my God, my family, and causes that being light into a dark world?
2. Would others describe me more as gentle, tender, and caring or tough and driven?
3. Am I more trusting or guarded?
4. When I walk in a room, how often do joy and love come with me?
5. What reasons do others have to trust and respect my sense of integrity?
6. Are my conversations more focused on me or others?
7. What will others miss when I am gone?
8. (How) have I resolved the most profound question in life: who is Jesus Christ? Do my life actions, including time, activities, passions, and checkbook reflect this?
9. If Christianity were a crime how much evidence would there be to ‘convict’ me?
10. How do the “fires” of life define me? Do they consume me like fire destroys straw and hay? Do they scorch and torment me even as I barely survive the flames? Or do they refine me like fire refines precious gold?
Living a life of purpose and passion requires us to take a detour off our path of meaningless habits to discover what God has prepared for us.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13