One of the most famous quotes on life is from Socrates, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Author Mitch Albom shares “Mortality means you don’t have forever to work things out. You can live your life unexamined but then on the last day you’re going to think: ‘I’ve left things a little late.'” Psalm 139:23 says “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” The psalmist asks God to reveal the true condition of his heart. All of the above speak of introspection and it’s a risky business because of what you might find.
For me the journey began in Utica, NY. I was 24 years old, working on the road with a band. Alone in my hotel room, I began to peel off the layers of crap that had shaped my life. It was an ugly experience, but through it I began to discover who I really was. I came away from that day knowing there were life changes I needed to make. That sent me off on the most rewarding search of my life.(see my first blog post)
It is a process, an ongoing process that I continue to work on today. With the Lord’s help, mercy and grace, there has been change, but the work is not over. I never want to think “I’ve left things a little late.” So I press on, keeping my eyes on the prize. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” 1Cor 9:24
It’s a new day…live it!