Wow. Not only as a blogger, but as a theatre director–with actors looking at me for guidance, hoping that I know what I’m doing…and as a “mom” of a precocious and head-strong two-and-a-half year old…it is easy to look in all the wrong places for affirmation. To take our encouragement from the good rehearsal, the obedient and affectionate toddler. But what happens when the rehearsal falls apart? When the toddler throws a fit? This piece is such a good reminder! I hope you appreciate it as much as I did, and that you’ll spend more time reading my friend Pastor Jon.
At the end of the day there is often value in looking back. There is even a process of prayer to help with this. It’s called the prayer of examen.
- You acknowledge that God is present all the time.
- You tell God you are grateful for something. For everything.
- You ask God to help you remember your day, to bring to mind what he wants you to see.
- You then review your day from God’s perspective. Where did you love? Where did you wage peace? Where did you encourage? Where were you encouraged? Where did you cause pain?
- And then you respond to what you’ve seen, with repentance, gratitude, restitution, renewal.
At the core of examen is asking God where to look in your day, to help you see your self, your life, the way that he wants. And as I’ve been thinking about the process of examen for the past…
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