Some people are preoccupied with their image. (How do I look?)
Some are preoccupied with their success. (How can I win?)
Others, however, have discovered that one’s life can really change for the good when you deal with some very important questions.
- The question of character. What is the most important thing in life to you?
- The question of legacy. What do you want to be known for at the end of your life?
- The question of the present. At this stage in your journey, what do you need to learn next?
(Thanks to Walter Wright for these three questions found in Mentoring, pp. 2-3.)
Some of us consider such questions but seem to think our thoughts are enough. Consequently, while we may say what we believe to the the most important thing in life, our actions do not reflect such values. Or, we may tell others what we want to be known for at the end our our life but them allow our compulsive desires to determine what we do.
Dealing with these questions are game-changers!
Such questions can help get you out of the mental, emotional, and spiritual rut you may be in. For a Christian, each one of these questions intersects with our relationship with Jesus. Yet, some of us remain frozen. We give a polite nod to the questions and go no further.
- Do my finances, my ethics, and my use of time reflect what I say is important to me?
- What about my legacy? Am I more concerned about what others think of me (my image) or am I more concerned with how I behave even when no one is looking (my character)?
- What about the present? Do you know what step you need to take next but you just don’t act? Is your fear, pride, or anger in the way? Can you identify what may be holding you back?
Brave men and women lean into the life they were called to live. This takes tenacity and grit. Sometimes this means shedding various sins and resentments in order to become free. God will enable and empower us to do this. However, it is often tempting to remain passive and unresponsive. I don’t want to live this way. What about you?