Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Apparently, in Socrates' eyes, my life is worthless. I'm not good at self-examination. I'm more of a plod along kind of gal. I don't set goals (Well, that's a lie: I set them, I just never keep up with them), I don't journal my deepest-darkest and how I feel about everything that happens to me (at least, I haven't done that since high school). My pastor and one-time employer was always good about seeing things in my life and seeing how I felt about it. He'd call me in the office and say something about what he was observing. He'd usually preface it with, "I may be way off the mark here, but..." and then hit it spot-on: a frustration I was feeling, a pull in a thousand directions, the slow crumbling of priorities as being a mom won out over being our church admin. Then he'd say something like, "Is that a fair observation?" and I usually gave him a blank stare and an "I don't know."
But lately I've been challenged by God to live an examined life. If I don't know where I'm at, how can I know where I've been and where I'm going? How can I chart spiritual progress if I'm not really tuned in? It's key to spend time with Him, this isn't news. But what's the end result? We are called to look at our lives and compare them to Christ: always using Him as our example. By moving along obliviously, I ignore the precepts in the Bible.
Haggai 1: 5 and 1:7 tells us, "Consider your ways." We are not called to plod along thoughtlessly. And I could open pretty much any chapter of Proverbs and find a verse about heeding instruction. We are meant to seek God and make sure we are on His path.
So I have begun an examined life. God has been revealing the areas I need to examine, the areas that need to have goals and purpose so that I can press on toward the goal.