Wesley’s New Year’s Examination

It’s the time of year when I try to re-orient myself to “New Year’s resolutions.”  I’ve renewed my membership at the YMCA, made an effort to eat healthier and take more time to focus on the important things.

I ran across a list of questions on the General Board of Discipleship website that gave some valuable questions from our tradition. I’d suggest you might make them part of your “New Year’s resolution” too, especially in a year when our heritage is informing the future of our denomination and local church.  I am impressed with the simplicity and depth of the questions, and how they cause us to think of our spiritual life through perhaps another lens. “Am I enjoying prayer? That’s an interesting question, isn’t it? “Did the Bible live in me today?” So much more probing than “did I read my Bible today.” I offer these questions to you as I take them for myself. Maybe cut them out and put them on your refrigerator!

 

Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that  I am better than I really am?

In other words, am I a hypocrite?

 

Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?

 

Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?

 

Can I be trusted?

 

Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?

 

Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?

 

Did the Bible live in me today?

 

Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?

 

Am I enjoying prayer?

 

When did I last speak to someone else about my faith?

 

Do I pray about the money I spend?

 

Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?

 

Do I disobey God in anything?

 

Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?

 

Am I defeated in any part of my life?

 

Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?

 

How do I spend my spare time?

 

Am I proud?

 

Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?

 

Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard?

If so, what am I doing about it?

 

Do I grumble or complain constantly?

 

Is Christ real to me?