October 22 – Checking Up on Yourself

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Checking Up on Yourself

“No individual raindrop considered itself responsible for the flood.”      –Anonymous

A curious father overheard his son talking on the phone to some potential customers.  Holding the phone to his ear, he said, “Hello, sir, I was calling to see if you needed someone to take care of your lawn-cutting needs?” “Oh, he is? That’s ok, I was just checking.”

The son hung up the phone and his father said, “I’m sorry you didn’t get the job, son.”  The boy replied, “Oh, I’ve got the job, I was just calling to check up on myself.”

In the book of Haggai, God instructed the children of Israel to “consider your ways.”  That is good instruction for all of us.  From time to time it is necessary to evaluate our lives, ministries, relationships, attitudes, and devotion to God.

A person who fails to hold himself accountable will live a dangerously conceited life.  He will always view himself, and his work, in light of his own approval.  This is not only prideful, it is deceiving.  It is only when we examine ourselves in the light of God’s judgment do we see the quality of our work. Spend some time in prayer this morning and ask God to reveal what kind of job you are doing.

Daily Reading: Mark 14-16

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