So I was at Half Price Books Monday (shocker), and saw this book entitled Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health. Now that’s one of those titles that can sound a little too one-size-fits-all-ish, but I noticed it was by author, Donald Whitney. I’ve found his book Simplify Your Spiritual Life quite inspiring and encouraging. I had to look inside.
And I found his questions to be so very right on as I read them. I kept thinking, “Oh this is good. This is really helpful.” Couple that with seeing my good broseph (whassup Ryan) at the gym the next day, and in our discussion of spiritual self-diagnosis he brought up the good point of, “Sometimes we don’t really know the questions to ask.” Great point indeed. Sometimes we don’t even know a starting point because we’ve never been trained, or have never been influenced by any success model.
So here it is, a starting point at least, the ten questions to diagnose your spiritual life:
- Do you thirst for God?
- Are you governed increasingly by God’s word?
- Are you more loving?
- Are you more sensitive to God’s presence?
- Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?
- Do you delight in the bride of Christ?
- Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly more important to you?
- Do you still grieve over sin?
- Are you a quicker forgiver?
- Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?