Self-Reflection is good. It is helpful. Growth follows reflection.
Self-reflection and self-awareness go hand in hand.
In the 5th century, an ancient Greek playwright by the name of Aeschylus first wrote these words, “Know thyself.”
If you know yourself, you will know what makes you mad, sad, and so on. This is good advice.
Even as Christians, it is helpful, on occasion to look inward. We can look inward for a whole host of reasons.
Maybe it is time to make some changes in your life. Jesus talked about that.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5
Jesus is talking about getting your own house in order before worrying about someone else’s life. That takes reflection.
The Babylonians sacked Jerusalem in 586BC and Jeremiah the prophet wrote the book Lamentations in the midst of this tragedy. In the 3rd chapter of this book he wrote…
Let us examine our ways and test them and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40
Is there something that needs to change in your life? Do know why you do certain things? It is good to take time to look inside yourself and even ask some questions. Jeremiah even reminded us to test our actions. Do our actions reflect our intentions?
We recently did this as a congregation! I asked everyone to reflect on our core values as a church and with a little work, we know what is most important at Community Lutheran Church!
Starting this weekend, I will share with you what we discovered. I hope you make time to worship with us over the next several weeks to hear what we hold dear.