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Put cynicism aside and take time to give yourself a spiritual check-up

Thought for the weekend

By Rev Gareth Burke

Cynicism is an enemy that needs to be fought. As you get older it is very easy to become increasingly cynical.

Take your attitude towards your car, for example.

Just think about it for a moment. Consider the way in which the interior of cars has changed over the past few years.

The other day I was sitting in a friend's car when I felt the seat getting hot. Twenty years ago, you would have assumed that the car was about to go on fire but not now. No. This was the electric seat heater springing into action. Or take the windows. It used to be if you saw someone outside the car and you wished to speak to them you had to laboriously wind down the window, but now all we need to do is touch a button and the window opens. However, the cynic in me says that these modern developments are just more things to break down, more visits to the garage and more money out of the account.

However, some of the developments are undoubtedly good. The other day I was conscious that there was a light flashing at me from the dashboard. On closer examination I realised that the light was in fact a flashing spanner. Consulting the owner's manual, I was informed that the flashing spanner means it is time for my annual service. Very handy!

This got me thinking about my own life. The annual car service is a time when the car is examined and repaired. Wouldn't it be a good idea if we took some time out from the normal routine of life to engage in a spiritual check-up?

How would we do this? What would such a time look like? What sort of questions should we be asking?

Let me suggest the following:

Am I a Christian - am I trusting in Jesus Christ for salvation? (Acts16:31).

If I do profess faith in Christ, is there evidence of that in my life - is my Christian life just all words and no action? (Matthew 7:21-23/Matthew 25:31-46)

Am I taking time out each day to pray and read the Bible? (Matthew 6:6)

Do I live my life each day aware that Jesus is coming again and I will stand before him? (2 Cor.5:10).

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