arrows of doubtWe are re-publishing this popular post from last year. This list has been an encouragement to me every year since I clipped this from my church newsletter back in 1986! Blessings from CHEA and wishes for a wonderful 2017.

While I was in college back in the dark ages of 1986, I regularly received my home church’s newsletter in my dorm PO Box. These issues from a small logging town church mostly kept me up to date on various comings and goings of congregation members, but I tucked one particular issue into my Bible where it remains to this day, ever-applicable to me, my family, and our homeschool. I share it with you now. All credit goes to the original author.

CHEA wishes you blessings as you enter 2017. If we can be of any help in your homeschool journey, let us know.

New Year’s Test for Self-Evaluation

  • Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
  • Am I proud?
  • Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
  • Is Christ real to me?
  • Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?
  • Do I grumble or complain constantly?
  • Can I be trusted?
  • Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
  • Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
  • Did the Bible live in me today?
  • Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?
  • Am I enjoying prayer?
  • When did I last speak to someone else of my faith?
  • Do I pray about the money I spend?
  • Do I get to bed on time to get up on time?
  • Do I disobey God in anything?
  • Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
  • Am I defeated in any part of my life?
  • Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
  • Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward, or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?

These are the questions the members of John Wesley’s Holy Club asked themselves each day in their private devotions over 200 years ago. (Editor’s note: I found a few slight variations of these questions including this one, “Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?”)

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