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Evaluation Day

Lamentations 3:40
Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the Lord;
As Christian’s, I think often we can get into an attitude of contentment in our Christian walk, and I mean that in a bad way. We get to this place where we are satisfied with our behaviours and attitudes and don’t force ourselves to grow anymore. We forget our flaws, don’t realize we have them in the first place, or brush them aside as part of our sin nature. It’s not good, and it doesn’t make a healthy spiritual life.
I think as Christians we need to examine ourselves often to see what flaws we have, because it is in that way that we grow. And we need to be honest with ourselves when we do it and not gloss over the black parts. And then we need to try to conform closer to what God wants us to be. Use the Word, use prayer, and remember that God gives us the strength to change into the New Man, and to put off the Old.
This is on my mind because today is the day I started my spiritual journal two or three years ago, and it somehow became the day that I stopped and looked over my life from the past year to see if and how I’d grown. It needs to be done periodically and often in our lives, but it helps me to have one set day to look over the year. And some things I realize hurt, and some make me glad, but they all make me grow, and that’s what’s important.
Psalm 26:2 says:  “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.” We need to be able to pray that, and when the Lord reveals a crack or a smudge, we need to be willing to fix it, to fix ourselves to more perfectly shine His image.

I’m not saying it’s easy, in fact, it’s not. And I’m not saying it’s a one time and your done, because that’s not true either. The Christian walk is just that, a walk: Constantly moving. Moving towards God. Moving away from sin.

So examine yourself, and continue to grow, and continue to move towards Him.

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I’m Only Human

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I’m only human… True, I am only human, but that’s not what we mean when we use that phrase, is it? We’re not talking about our DNA structure, or our soul, or whatever makes humans human. No, we’re using at as an excuse for our actions. I thought of this the other day when writing my last post, and I considered using the phrase to excuse me not posting.

And then I thought, isn’t it rather terrible to make such excuses? Yes, as humans we aren’t perfect, and we make mistakes, and we don’t post on our blogs as often as we should. But is that a reason to let ourselves off the hook?
I don’t think so. I think we are responsible for our actions, and though we won’t ever get it all right, in the end it is my fault that I didn’t post, and it wasn’t because “I’m only human”, it was because I didn’t get myself to do it. We have to take responsibility for what we do, and what we don’t do. If we keep blaming our actions on something we can’t change – being human, that is – we’re never going to grow and get stronger and try to fix our actions. If I accepted the fact that I did something just because I’m flawed, I’m never going to try to fix that flaw in me…
Anyway, not sure how much sense that all makes, but hopefully it does. We’re never going to be perfect, but we do have to try to grow better every day. It’s our responsibility. I guess what I’m saying is we CAN fight against the fallen nature inside of us that allows us to make mistakes. Will we ever completely win? No, not until we stand in front of our Savior, I don’t think we will. But we can make progress against it. So no more excuses people?

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The other day, I turned 17.  I am excited for this new chapter of my life!  For me, 16 wasn’t what it was cut out to be.  The begining saw me facing issues with friends, loneliness, and a constant moving around but really doing nothing.  As the year progressed, it remained on it’s rollercoster ride of emotions.  During this time however, my thoughts wandered to God.  During this time my relationship with Him and my understanding of Him have grown.  It took that emotionial and physical lonliness for me to look higher and remember I could always find a friend in Him.

Thankfully, in the second half of my 16th year, God gave me some wonderful friends.  I realize though, that if my friends and my paths part someday, I will always have the Lord, he will “never leave you nor forsake you”.  I can always go to Him in prayer!  Truly He is a great comfort to me.

That is only one of the things that I learned in that era of my life, as I really started to put an effert out to make a solid relationship with my Lord and Savior.  Not to say I’m finished.  I am still working on it, and will be for the rest of my life.

We never stop getting older physically.  I cannot say that I want to stop here, at 17, and stay here.  Spiritual growth is different.  We must make an effort to grow, and we must never say enough.  If I stop learning, it is my own fault.  I hope to learn even more this year then I did last year.  And I pray that with God’s grace, He will mold me and help me become what I should be.

For His glory!

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