The Inner ‘CAT’ scan

The deep examination of life is a critical component of following Christ wholly. Gordon McDonald offers the following categories for examination.

  1. My People connections: Am I a people please-r? Do I seek to gain self esteem from peoples’ opinion of me? DO I use people rather than attempt to leave their lives in a more improved state than when I met them? Do I have unresolved resentment against certain people? Am I unduly competitive and jealous of others?
  2. My Things connection: Do I measure my self worth based on the amount of stuff I have? Does money control me? How disciplined am I with regards to purchases, especially things that may not be needful at the moment? Am I truly generous? How much of my earnings do I give to the less privileged? DO I tend to judge people by how much they own?
  3. My Thought Connection: What is the condition of my thought life? What drives my thoughts? Am I captivated by frequent immoral thoughts? What are my attitudes to pornography? Am I obsessed with being someone I am not? Am I constantly dissatisfied with where I am in my life?
  4. My Guilt Connection: Are there things in the past I am still carrying guilt over? Are there things I need to seek forgiveness over and restitute?
  5. My Career Connection: What are my work goals? Am I delivering work that is excellent? Is work controlling my life? What do I do when I need a break from work?
  6. My Memory connection: Have I granted forgiveness to people who have hurt me in the past, deeply? Am I still controlled by defeats or failures from the past that tend to prevent me from going forward today?
  7. My Habit Connection: Do I have any habits, thought patterns or attitudes that are preventing me from being fully Christ-like? Is there any habit I can’t let go of?

7 random quotes… and 2 songs……

1. That a mad man decides to dance naked does not mean that sane men should beat the drums  ~ West African proverb.

2.Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. ~ Viktor Frankl

3. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. ~ Winston Churchill

4. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment ~Mohanadas Ghandhi

5. It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters. ~Mother Teresa

6. The Kingdom of Heaven is not for the well-meaning: it is for the desperate. ~ James Denney

7. Dear God, get me out of here: let me go somewhere else where I can fight the evil which surrounds me here and which I am forbidden to fight -but do not take from me my anger my indignation at injustice so that I may continue to burn to right it or destroy. ~ Dennis Brutus

The songs: TobyMac’s Irene and Casting Crown’s –Does anybody hear her

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