Writing Prompts: Self-Examination

Part 1: Appearances. Are You Shiny Inside – And Out?

shape of heart made by hands“You need to shine your own crown.” You’ve heard these words before.
 
Most of us want the world to recognize how special we are. Do you?  You may even invest yourself in appearances even without knowing it.
 
“Search me, God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts” (Psalm 139: 23).

Writing Prompt

Examine your heart. How much do you focus on shining your own crown?  Journal about how you invest in how you appear to others. 


Part 2: I’m Not a Groupie! Or Am I?

Family, profession, church, club, social class, political party … you may belong to different groups, but do you identify yourself by them and find your purpose through them?
 
“Search me, God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts” (Psalm 139: 23). Examine yourself.

Writing Prompt

Do I find my identity and purpose because I am part of a specific group?  How can I be more willing to shed my group identity to identify with Jesus?  


Part 3:  Think About It … 70,000 Times a Day

Researchers say the average adult’s mind processes about 70,000 thoughts each day. 
 
That’s a lot of thoughts – from fearful, jealous, angry, or doubtful to positive, easy going, or trusting. What are yours?
 
“Search me, God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts” (Psalm 139: 23). Examine yourself.

Writing Prompt

Examine your thoughts and record what you notice.  What might please God about your thought life?  What might you need to change?  


Part 4: Words of Hurt … or Words of Grace?

Words can hurt. I have experienced their destructive power. And I am sure you have, too.
 
But hurtful words can lose their sting once you know Whose you are – and may even cause you to respond with words of grace.

Writing Prompt

Examine your heart in the wake of a time you’ve been on the receiving end of hurtful words.  How might knowing Whose you are allow you to respond differently?