During this Lenten season I would like for us as a church to engage in a project of self-reflection together. You are invited to start a collection over the forty days of Lent. Find a container (jar, box, bowl etc.) that will be a receptacle for you to give something of yourself daily to God. Every day take an object, it can be 40 of the same objects (rocks, shells, buttons, nails, etc.) or different objects (maybe things that you find during the course of the day) and place it into your container.
The key is that each object should only be placed in the jar after a time of self-examination. Inevitably, after some time looking deeply at yourself, and your actions over the day, you will find a part of yourself that needs to be more fully turned over the God. Allow your object to represent that need for the day.
At the end of Lent we then encourage you to create something beautiful out of the objects that you have collected. Bring what you have made to worship on Easter Sunday so that we can display all of the ways in which God takes our brokenness and makes beautiful things out of dust. (A great song to listen to and make a part of your devotion time is Gungor’s “Beautiful Things”)
Don’t let this season just happen to you. Engage it. Participate in it. Allow it to change you in deep and meaningful ways.
Self Examination Guide
1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am
better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
2. Do I confidentially pass on to others what has been said to me in
3. Can I be trusted?
4. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?
5. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
6. Did the Bible live in me today?
7. Do I give the Bible time to speak to me every day?
8. Am I enjoying prayer?
9. When did I last speak to someone else of my faith?
10. Do I pray about the money I spend?
11. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
12. Do I disobey God in anything?
13. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is
14. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
15. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?
16. How do I spend my spare time?
17. Do I think that I am better than other people?
18. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a
resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
19. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
20. Is Christ real to me?