11th February 2019

Be Still and Know - 'Think About Things That Are Excellent And Worthy Of Praise'

(from www.premierchristianradio.com)

 

Welcome to our daily devotional. We hope you will be blessed by Dr Micha Jazz's inspiring thoughts every Monday - Friday.

 

Philippians 4:8 NLT

 

'And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.'

 

I conclude most days with a short time of reflection or Examen, as the Church Fathers named it. It’s an opportunity to reflect upon the day that’s passed and review those “...things that are excellent and worthy of praise”, together with those that are not. This is a means by which I exercise responsibility for my life of service with God.

It’s amazing how quickly the best of intentions unravel. I’ve already written of “ego depletion”, when our stock of behaviour management skills reduces as we manage ourselves throughout the day.

With my Examen, I’ve adopted an approach of asking myself a series of active questions. These active questions ensure I think about myself as agent and not object, subject not victim. I take charge of my behaviours, whatever they turn out to be, and I won’t blame circumstance or my perceived failure of another for my poor performance. Over the next four devotionals we shall look at four key questions I ask myself so that my reflection has some direction and purpose.

My questions ensure I become engaged with the discipleship I want to practise. It is not something I aspire to alone, but intimately engage God in my reflection. I find it holds me to account for how I’m serving God now, not projected onto some well-intentioned future plan. I’ve burned through any number of those unsuccessfully over the years.

The questions are all framed around my seeking to do my best and function in a creative and productive way. Active questions seek to create the space for fresh optimism and positive improvement in each area of my life.

 

QUESTION: How do you review and reflect upon your day?

 

PRAYER: Lord, refine me each day so that I reflect more of you for the day that lies ahead.


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