I recently read an article in my latest Eternal Perspectives publication (newsletter type of thing – check it out at EPM.org) where Joni Eareckson Tada talked about her goal to close the gap that exist between authenticity and hypocrisy. This was a good and helpful article for me. She confesses that she has adopted the following quesitons proposed by John Wesley. I’m considering doing this throughout the month of December as I head into 2013.
- Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I’m a better person than I really am?
- Do I laugh at the mistakes of others, reveling in their errors or misfortunes?
- Do I insist on having my own way?
- Is there a tendency for me to put others down so that I’ll be thought of more highly?
- Do I pass on to others what is told to me in confidence?
- Am I thoughtful in expressing ‘thanks’ to people for what they’ve done for me, no matter how insignificant it seems?
- Am I a slave to dress, a slave to friends and their opinions, a slave to work or habits?
- Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
- Did the Bible live in me yesterday?
- Did I disobey God in anything yesterday?
- Did I insist on doing something about which my conscious was uneasy?
- Did I handle discouragement well or did I have to be coddled?
- Am I enjoying prayer?
- When did I last speak to someone about Christ?
- Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize or hold resentment toward?
- If so, what am I doning about it?
- Is Christ real to me?
I strive to embrace and exalt the majesty of God in all things and I want to be this authentically for the joy of all people. Closing the gap between reality and hypocrisy will be a work of God’s grace.