Thoughts – September 18, 2011

Romans 5:1-5, Matthew 13:1-23

Self evaluation. One of the hardest things to do is to look at ourselves in the mirror and really be honest about what we see. Which is why God gave us friends, people to always tell us the truth, whether we’re ready to hear it or not. But sometimes only self evaluation will get the task done.

If an evaluation is easy, you’re doing it wrong. It’s like those user-made Facebook surveys. If you know what the survey is looking for, you know which answers to pick from the a) b) c) d) options given. True self evaluation takes a long time; you have to discern for a good while to figure out what you are really made of. It’s not about figuring out which responses will give us the result we want to see. Well, maybe it is…

If we know which responses will give us the result we want to see and the result we want to show the world, why don’t we always make the right choices so we actually get the results we want?

We want to be seen as good, holy, righteous people of God. But so many of our choices each day, each week, give us a different result. Perhaps on the surface we seem like the people we claim to be, but when faced with our reflection and a recap of the things we’ve done, the choices we’ve made, we can see our true selves.

We need to look at ourselves with a magnifying glass, perhaps even a microscope. What do we look like deep, down inside? Are we really fertile soil, ready to accept the things we’re given? Or are we rocky, thorny, down-trodden dirt that doesn’t know what to do with the good news we’ve been given to cultivate?

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