Prayer of Examen: Getting God’s Perspective

Job EvaluationWhen you’re wondering whether you’re doing a good job, who do you ask?  Or do you just know? How many of us really evaluate ourselves honestly? Don’t we tend to either beat ourselves up over a few squalls, or lapse into complacency when everything is smooth sailing?

Not only as a blogger, but as a theatre director–with actors looking at me for guidance, hoping that I know what I’m doing–and as a “mom” of a precocious and head-strong two-and-a-half year old…it is easy to look in all the wrong places for affirmation. To take my encouragement from the good rehearsal, or the obedient and affectionate child.


But what happens when the rehearsal falls apart? When the toddler throws a fit? My friend, Pastor Jon Swanson, over at “300 Words a Day”, wrote such a good reminder:

I, and perhaps you, depend on each other to determine our value, our next steps. But as much as I like you — and  your liking — you are not adequate as God.

I need to remember David’s approach:

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

(Psalm 139:123-24)


The post is called Social Media Examen, and I encourage you to go and read the whole thing (it really is 300 words, as promised). I hope you appreciate it as much as I did, and that you’ll spend more time reading my friend Pastor Jon.

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