Questions to ask yourself:

1. Do I bring drama or peace into my home and family?

2. Do I give more than I take in relationships? Am I frequently concerned about “getting something” from a friendship? Do I keep tabs on who-owes-who?

3. Do I come to church asking the Lord to show me how to bless someone, or do I tell others how the service wasn’t up to par? 

4. Do I spend more effort seeking out ways to encourage people or do I spend more effort criticizing and analyzing the faults of a circumstance or person?

April Motl is a pastor’s wife who serves along side her husband, Eric, at their church in Southern California. For more information about their ministry, or to sign up for the weekly summer give-aways, visit You can also follow their ministry on facebook and twitter and April’s crosswalk blog.

Publication date: August 9, 2012