Review Your Day
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.Psalm 19:14
Taking the time to carefully review our day helps us to spiritually grow. It takes time to develop a meaningful review and to focus on certain events of each day, and ask yourself — was the Lord pleased with how I handled that situation or was there a better way to handle that situation. If we can objectively look at our ministry to people, we can incorporate improvements, especially if we pray for the Lord’s guidance in being more Christ-like.
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green (Psalm 92:12-14) The Christian life is a life of continual spiritual growth, becoming more Christ-like, developing a closer relationship with the Lord, and becoming more powerful in your ministry. Spiritual growth is exciting, fulfilling, and nothing is better in life than a pursuing a closer relationship with the Lord.
Every aspect of spiritual growth brings us closer to the Lord. The foundation of spiritual growth is knowing and living the Word, and this comes from study and meditation on the Word and God. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) Prayer is a conversation with the Lord as we study and meditate on the Word, asking for understanding and knowledge of scripture. If we review our meditation time with the Lord, our meditations will be more fulfilling.
Prayer shows our dependence and faith on the Lord, asking for guidance in ministry and for everyday living. The more we pray the more we depend on the Lord. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5) The priority in our life is to be Christ-like and minister to the world. We can bear much fruit only if let Christ be revealed in us.
Learning about the Lord through studying the Word will fill our head with needed knowledge but putting this knowledge to work causes our heart to change. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (James 1:22-23, 25) When we minister to others, our thoughts and emotions identify with Jesus bringing us closer to our Lord in prayer and makes us more Christ-like. When ministering to the world, it is critical to review our day to better understand someone we are ministering and for the Lord’s guidance.
Today, take time this evening to review your day through the eyes of God. Seek the Lord’s guidance in ministry, in your work, in your driving, and with your family. There is always room for improvement.
Prayer: Lord, help me to review my day in a meaningful, productive way through your guidance. Guide me to be more Christ-like and to depend on the Holy Spirit while ministering to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen