It is Good to Take an Inventory of Ourselves

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Happy Monday Saints.

Proverbs 14:8 “THE WISDOM OF THE PRUDENT IS TO UNDERSTAND HIS WAY, BUT THE FOLLY OF FOOLS IS DECEIT.”

After knowing and understanding God’s Word, the wisest thing that a person can do is understand themselves.

Do you know yourself? Do you understand your own ways? Do you know your strengths and weaknesses and your braveries and vulnerabilities?

Some people seem to know more about others than they do themselves. They’re more interested in other people’s weaknesses and shortcomings than they are in their own.

The Hebrew word translated “WAY” also means “course of life, mode of action, or custom.”

It’s about knowing why you act the way you do, speak the way you do and live the way you do. What habits move you towards your God-given goals and dreams, and which ones hold you back?

Ephesians 5:15 says to “PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION THEN, TO HOW YOU WALK, NOT AS UNWISE BUT AS WISE.”

Sometimes, we are not paying “ATTENTION” to our patterns of behaviour because we’ve been living the way we do for many years. And it’s the ones that we aren’t paying attention to (the ones we do automatically without thinking) that are sabotaging our progress.

Do you understand your own ways? Most of us know our strengths, but we are not AWARE of our weaknesses. And this is the “FOLLY OF FOOLS” that today’s proverb is speaking of. We DECEIVE ourselves into thinking that we are fine the way we are. That somehow, despite being unaware of our bad habits, we will still progress and succeed.

But we cannot change what we are unaware of. The WISDOM OF THE PRUDENT will take some time to analyse ALL their ways so that they can understand what strengths they need to fortify and what weaknesses they need to correct.

It’s good to know yourself and pay attention to how you live. Take some time this week to understand your ways and set yourself up for great success.

God bless and lots’a love,
Warren


Pastor Warren Retzlaff