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Biblical Self Awareness

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. - James 1:25 NASB

How accurately do you see yourself? Are you really as good or bad as you think you are? How often do you ask God to reveal you to you?

As a professional coach, through assessments and objective feedback I help people see things and themselves as they really are, so they can live in to who God created them to be. In the coaching world, when people know themselves inside and out, we say they are "self-aware". Coaches facilitate self awareness.

The Bible does not explicitly command us to be self-aware, however we are often encouraged to see the truth about ourselves in relation to God and others. Consider the following:

  • Jesus often invited people to seek the truth about themselves ... just ask the rich young man in Mark 10:17-23.
  • The apostle Paul encouraged us to look forward to the time when we will know the truth about ourselves just as God knows us. (1 Cor 13:12)
  • Jacob wrestled with God until he learned something life-changing about himself. (Gen 32:22-31)
  • Paul's knowledge of himself allowed him to be humble (Rom 7:14-25).

Being self-aware comes from a keen understanding of ourselves, but self-awareness can't always come from ourselves. Whenever we seek to gain understanding, we have to involve others into our world who can see us from the outside.

If you are really serious about self-improvement through self-awareness, realize that the best assessment tools, the best coach and your own best analysis will not cause you to "arrive". You and they are not enough.

If you really want to know how to improve, make sure the one who helps you also challenges you to consult the One who completely knows you. Make sure you involve and rely on God and His perfect word. He will complete you in His time.

Who is God challenging you to become? What step will you take today to see things more clearly?


Janna Rust is a Professional Coach, Trainer and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her other blog at www.purposefulleadershipblog.com.


Eventually All Will Be Fair

"...Indeed I will give you renown and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes," says the Lord. - Zephaniah 3:20b

Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. Its hard to understand why, especially if you are like me and always looking to make things better in the world. Yet, some things may never get better. 

On earth:

  • We may lose everything dear to us in a moment -- Just ask Job (Job 1).
  • We may never have the marriage we desire -- Just ask Hosea (Hosea 2:2).
  • We may not be treated the way we deserve -- Just ask Jesus (Philippians 2:5-8)

Life isn't fair...or is it?

To answer this question, we have to consider God's perspective, not ours. Yes, God works everything together for good (Ro 8:28), but in His time and His way, not in ours. Remember, God is eternal. His sense of urgency differs from ours because He is not limited by time as we know it.

Simply stated, the good news is that eventually, justice prevails. Good wins over evil and an eternal kingdom will be established and fortunes restored for all of God's people. Forever.

So how do we live in the here and now with all of this unfairness and be content with things the way they are? Get to know God intimately through daily Bible reading. Talk to Him and cry to Him as you would your closest friend. Ask Him for understanding, guidance and strength to accept things you cannot change. Then listen and do what He says.

Above all, remember this, that Jesus humbly left all of the riches of heaven to come to earth and be treated terribly by those He came to save. He deserved everything and got nothing. How does that change your perspective about things being fair for you?

What will you do with what you've learned today? Do you have anything to share with us? If so, leave your thoughts or suggestions by clicking on the comment link below.


Friendship Day

Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. - John 15:13 NKJV

Friends are a gift from God and should be cherished, celebrated, and never taken for granted. My friend Patti Ann says this about friendship in her recent post entitled "Happy Friendship Day":

I personally believe that friends are God’s way of taking care of us.  God not only directs the steps on our journey of faith, but He also places people in our lives at specific times to touch our lives or for us to touch theirs.  Each person has a story - life experiences no one else can claim.  From these things we learn what we could not from any other person.  Our lives are enriched by those we keep close to us.  Some remain a lifetime, some only for a short while for the purposes God intends.

True friends know your faults but love you anyway.  I used to think that we chose our friends for who they are – I found out we actually love them because they accept and support who we are.

"Friendship Day" was a "holiday" I had never heard of, but will gladly pass along to you, my faithful readers.  True friends, are indeed those who love us no matter what. Please take some time to day to stop by Patti Ann's blog and read the entire post, complete with some biblical references and a friendship prayer. You'll be glad you did.

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Dear Lord, I thank you for Your friendship most of all, because in spite of who I am, You have never left my side. Thank you for the friends you've put in my life --new or old, near, distant or "estranged". Please let my friends know how much I care about them, even though we may not see or communicate as much as I'd like. Help me to learn from them, support them, and never take them for granted, for they are gifts from You to mold me into the person you want me to become. Amen.