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.

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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)

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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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