A Mini Self-Check

by Dr. Mike Zachary

Sometimes, a mini self-check can reveal a lot.

Two ladies are cooking a meal for their families. The first lady is thinking, “I don’t always love cooking and cleaning up the kitchen, but I sure do love taking care of my family.” The second lady is thinking, “This is a complete problem. I do not like the fact that this ends up being my job. Oh, would I like to get out of this.”

Now, the first lady is joyfully serving her family; but the second lady has lost her joy. The first lady is likely to have many days of happiness ahead. The second lady is likely living with bitterness and regret.

You see, when we simply check to see what our attitude is like while we are working, we can learn a lot about ourselves. Note the words of Jesus recorded in John 10:10,

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Of course the Lord cares what we do, but He is also extremely concerned with our attitude while we work. When our attitude degenerates to complacency or even to resentment, we should recognize that something has gone awry. Somehow, we have wandered away from the joyful Christian life, the life that Jesus wants us to have, the life that the Holy Spirit can empower us to have.

And if our mini self-check reveals that our heart has wandered, we should take steps to get back to where we need to be. James reminded us of an important truth, saying,

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. (James 4:8a)

If our attitude is complacent or resentful long enough, it can lead to a life of misery. But when we take the initiative to fellowship with the Lord again, He can show us ways of living our lives joyfully instead of becoming victims of the sometimes painful realities of life.

Have you done a mini self-check recently? How is your spirit? Is your heart fervently serving the Lord and serving those around you, or has a different, less joyful, spirit set in?

May we, like the Psalmist, always be able to say, “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing” (Psalm 100:2).

Sometimes, a mini self-check can reveal a lot.

Two ladies are cooking a meal for their families. The first lady is thinking, “I don’t always love cooking and cleaning up the kitchen, but I sure do love taking care of my family.” The second lady is thinking, “This is a complete problem. I do not like the fact that this ends up being my job. Oh, would I like to get out of this.”

Now, the first lady is joyfully serving her family; but the second lady has lost her joy. The first lady is likely to have many days of happiness ahead. The second lady is likely living with bitterness and regret.

You see, when we simply check to see what our attitude is like while we are working, we can learn a lot about ourselves. Note the words of Jesus recorded in John 10:10,

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Of course the Lord cares what we do, but He is also extremely concerned with our attitude while we work. When our attitude degenerates to complacency or even to resentment, we should recognize that something has gone awry. Somehow, we have wandered away from the joyful Christian life, the life that Jesus wants us to have, the life that the Holy Spirit can empower us to have.

And if our mini self-check reveals that our heart has wandered, we should take steps to get back to where we need to be. James reminded us of an important truth, saying,

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. (James 4:8a)

If our attitude is complacent or resentful long enough, it can lead to a life of misery. But when we take the initiative to fellowship with the Lord again, He can show us ways of living our lives joyfully instead of becoming victims of the sometimes painful realities of life.

Have you done a mini self-check recently? How is your spirit? Is your heart fervently serving the Lord and serving those around you, or has a different, less joyful, spirit set in?

May we, like the Psalmist, always be able to say, “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing” (Psalm 100:2).

Mike Zachary

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