"Let's take a good look at the way we're living and reorder our lives under God." Lamentations 3:40 MSG
Thoughts for Today
Business owners take regular inventory of their stock. These inventories can be a useful business planning tool. They can reveal growth or decline in business productivity and possible obstacles to growth. They can assist business owners in making changes for a better future.
Taking a regular inventory of our life can be productive, as well. It can help us answer questions about the directions our life is moving. Are we growing or declining in character development? Are we moving toward our life goals, or are there hindering obstacles? Are we growing in our relationship with God? What changes do we need to make to move ahead more effectively?
As we approach a new year, determine to take inventory of your life. Consider your relationships with God, your family, your church and your friends. Be honest. Ask God to help you see things as they really are and to face any inappropriate behavior without making excuses for yourself.
God loves you and he wants to help you eliminate those things in your life that may be hurting you—and others. But before he can help you, you must face up to the fact that these problems exist. Remember … Jesus is with you. He will not disappoint you in your time of personal searching.
Father, help me take a good, honest look at myself. Help me see what is pleasing to you … and what is disappointing you. Help me to reorder my life under you. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Stepping into Freedom: A Christ-Centered Twelve-Step Program by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This twelve-step program is suggested for use in support groups, recovery groups and home groups. It offers help for anyone struggling with a life-controlling problem like drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addiction, gambling or workaholism. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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