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Monday, January 13, 2014

To Know Where I’m Going, I Need To Evaluate Where I Am

In review of Romans 12:3 it says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

Bottom Line:
Learn to be humble. Don’t think more highly of yourself than you should, instead measure yourself according to the faith that God gives you.

What this means to me:
In this verse Paul gives me a warning to not think more highly of myself than I should. I must decide who I really am based on the amount of faith God has given me as a believer. Getting over pride is the first and greatest barrier to making any change in my life. The Bible says there’s nothing perfect on Earth except God’s Word. Everything on this planet is broken because of sin. I know I don’t have it all together. I often walk around and pretend I’ve got it all together. What this verse reminds me is, to have lasting change, I need to humbly assess my current state and admit that I don’t have it all together. I have to admit I have a problem that I need to address. Romans 12:3 says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you” (NIV). The question will be, am I willing to ask the people closest to me, “Where I need change.” I need to have the courage to ask others in my life to be honest about me. I’m finding that I can only manage what I measure. If I don’t know the measure of my faith, I won’t be able to grow in faith. If I don’t know the measure of my health, I can’t develop and grow in health. If I don’t know the measure of where I am spiritually or vocationally or relationally, then I can’t grow in those areas. I can only manage what I measure. It will be important for me to record my progress in any goal I set (perhaps in a journal.) So as I set some goals, it will be important to record my progress so that I can measure growth / progress. The key is to evaluate where I’m at, then I can know where I should go. Also as I move forward with an assessment and goal setting this year I will consider who are the people in my life with whom I can share openly and honestly for a sounding board and to help hold me accountable.

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