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A Simple Evaluation of Your Mind
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Posted on Fri, Dec 21, 2007
Thinking about a New Year's resolution? Try this one...
With the New Year around the corner, we often make resolutions
about making changes in our lives. These usually have to do with our physical
bodies: exercise, diet or losing bad habits. But what about that which lies
on the inside? Where would you start? Have you ever evaluated the condition
of your mind?
We invite Christ into our hearts, and through the power of the Holy Spirit
we are to become like Him in our hearts and minds. The question we
should ask ourselves is, "How am I like Christ in mind?"
Below is an inventory of two opposing sets of mental states. This evaluation
is for your information only. Do it in complete privacy, with no one but you
and God. Its sole purpose is to help you know your mind and what areas
you need to turn to God in prayer for the change. For those brave souls,
let a friend, spouse or co-worker evaluate you. It will give you an idea
of what perception people have of your witness.
As you prayerfully study each item, place a mental mark on the line in
the center where you think you would be. You can also use a sliding scale
of 1 - 10 (10 being perfect as that of Christ). You may find that you are
more to the left than you would think, sometimes right in the middle or
farther along to the right than you would have believed.
Evaluation of your Mental State
Jealous or envy ______________ Rejoice in other's success
Wanting to get even ______________ Praying for enemies
Bitterness towards God ______________ Acceptance of God's will
Bitterness towards others ______________ Generosity for others
Sexual Lusts ______________ Thoughts of Holiness
Lust for power or position ______________ Humility towards others
Hatred of someone _______________ Love of enemy
Anger _______________ Being peaceable
Resentment _______________ Forgiving
Pride in your life's station _______________ Humility before God
Pride in your ability/looks _______________ Not self-centered
Looking Down/Judging others ____________ Reverance in God's work in others
Self love _______________ Selfless love of others
Self seeking _______________ Seeking the kingdom
Slandering others _______________ Encouraging others
Reliance on self _______________ Reliance on God
Boasting _______________ Pointing to others acheivements
Unthankful to God _______________ Always thankful to God
Lazy _______________ Hard working
Undisciplined _______________ Disciplined
Headstrong _______________ Willing to yielding to others
Addicted to TV/Computer/iPod_____________ Devoted to Prayer
Hunger for material things ______________ Hunger for God
Combative, contenious _______________ Yielding to personal rights
Compromising Beliefs ______________ Faithful
Ambitious for self/family _______________ Ambitous for others
Tendency to lie/twist truth _______________ Telling the truth even if painful
Attention focused on the world ______________ Attention focused on God & Eternity
So do you like the current condition of your mind? Would God like the state of your mind?
Prayerfully seek the changes you know God is calling to your attention. Don't put this evaluation away but, compare yourself regularly to see how you are doing.
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