Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the
faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless,
of course, you fail the test? -2
Unexamined life is not worth living says Socrates. You need to examine
yourself in anything you claim to believe, it is very easy to pay a lip service
to a principle or concept. At the beginning you probably believed and actively
practiced your faith, however the passing of time always takes us drifting
hence you constantly need to realign yourself with your professed belief.
The multimedia world has moved with unbelievable speed especially
in the last few years. Nearly every phone is a computer, a great camera, a
video recorder and much more. A while back before things got so advanced and
simplified, it was a different ball game. Imagine trying to photograph a moving
object with and old SLR camera designed before today’s focus lock and so on.
You are constantly turning the focusing ring to make sure you get yourself a decent
image and even then you’re still not sure if you’ve got it or not. Films are
processed and then the moment of truth; things are so different now.
The way you actively have to focus your camera is probably the
same way you should actively refocus your life. You were alright when you
started but things hardly stay the same for too long. There is constant
movement, even if you chose to stay on anchor, because the life around you is
moving and sometimes at an alarming rate, it’s never the same situation.
There are various ways to examine yourself depending on what you
hope to achieve, a quick look at your bank statement could be a guide to your
values and goals. In the same way a quick look at your shopping receipt over a
period might be an indicator of your commitment to a healthy living. While
these are two quick checks, there are many other models of self-examination,
some to measure quantity and others the quality of life. We can hopefully look
into this in greater detail sometime.
Examining your life doesn’t necessarily mean you want to stop what you
are doing, of course there will be time to apply “zero-based thinking” and walk
away from certain activities or relationships. Brian Tracy described this as a decision-making
process based on imagining yourself back at the point before particular
decisions were made, and free to make those decisions with the knowledge that
you have now about their outcome.
Some benefits of Self-examinations
clear your mind; sometimes your mind is clouded by too much activities, you
need to declutter your mind
Reduced stress; it helps to put things in perspective hence eliminates worries
and undue concerns
Enhanced impact; light is generally diffused by default, however if you focus
it enough, it’s amazing what you can do with the rays of light, I still
remember my first experience of making fire with a converging lens out in the
open, absolutely magical. Self-examinations enhance your focus which improves
your efficiency many times over.
Reduces waste; In a conversation with our two boys the other day we discussed
how you come to appreciate how short 24 hours is at a certain time in your
life. Time is a resource you can’t roll over, when it’s gone, it’s gone for
Spot a trend; Self-examination helps to spot a trend
Refines your options; In today’s world, you are offered many options, not all legally
right options are morally sound. Your faith is a better evaluator of your
Helps locate Blind spots; we all are prone to blind spots due to our
temperament, personally, available knowledge and so on. Self-examination helps
among other things to scrutinise your personal tendencies and also make use of
In conclusion, passing an examination endorses
you for a new level or proficiency. In the same veins, examining yourself lifts
you higher. It takes you up where the air is cleaner, the view is better and
your chances of success unimaginably higher.
I see self-examination taking you to a new level
in all you do, you are destined for the top; nothing can stop you.