There are several ways to take stock of our lives. One way I like to compare to are businesses. Businesses take an inventory of the items they sell so they know what they have on hand for their customers, what is not selling well, and what they need to order more of. Why do they do this? Because if they didn’t their business would most likely fall due to ignoring the basic needs of their customers.
I want to use this analogy and apply it to my own daily inventory. Let’s take a look.
1. How have my interactions affected others?
In the business world, this would be taking an inventory of the items on hand to sell. My interactions are the items. The customers are the people I interact with. So, during my inventory, I would recap my day and the interactions I had with others. I ask the question, have the things I’ve done or said caused hurt to anyone in my immediate circle? This is not to say I have to walk on eggshells and fall prey to pleasing people, but it does pose the following questions;
“Have my actions or reactions glorified God today?” (Matthew 5:16)
“Have I loved well?” (Mark 12:31)
“Have I spoken to others in a kind way?” (Proverbs 31:26)
“Have I lashed out in anger to someone?” (Proverbs 15:1)
By asking these questions and recording them, I can honestly see where I could improve. God is taking us through the sanctification process (Philippians 2:12-13) every day. Remember it is a process. We cannot be perfect, but we can strive to improve each day.