Friday, April 27, 2007

The Examined Life

Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher, is quoted to have said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." I think he was on to something. Some 20 years ago, I was made aware of the fact that I had the potential to be dishonest with myself. That was a revelation that started me on a new path. It changed me as I began honestly questioning my actions, my motives, and then my values. As I looked, I saw my actions didn't always follow what I said I valued. Wow! That's tough to face, but what joy follows when you see the light and walk in it. That process continues and is now a joy-filled journey. Well...OK, at times it has that bittersweet quality of life about it, but I've learned to love that too. As I recognize my fallen state, holding tenaciously to my trust that God sent Jesus to make the difference, and making choices to "renew my mind" as His word instructs, I find joy. I believe His example and unseen presence enables me to see the truth and walk in it. I ache for the world around me, those who don't know what it is to live a carefully examined and honest life before God. My husband often says, "God made us. He knows how we work best. His Word is the instruction manual. As we honestly strive to understand ourselves in light of that instruction manual, we learn how we were meant to work." Isn't that so true?