Motivational Minute Series: Honesty Assessment
Do your actions reflect your words? Are you living in truth or living a lie? Let’s talk about giving ourselves an “honesty assessment.”
From a physical perspective:
As a fitness coach, I do regular check-ins with my clients. Sometimes, they feel that despite their “hard work” and doing a “good job” on the designated meal plan and exercise routine, the desired results are not forthcoming. When I ask them to go over every single morsel of food and beverage that they have consumed during the past 24-48 hours with me, many of them tell me that “X, Y or Z happened,” causing them to deviate from the plan, and this time-frame (for whatever reason) does not represent a “typical” day. But experience has shown me that most of the time, the poor food choices are indicative of their normal eating habits. We often fool ourselves into believing that we are doing better than we actually are.
Everyone experiences difficult times and struggles. The best response is to be able to honestly assess our circumstances and our progress. When you are transparent with others, you can get to the root of the problem and get the help needed to overcome.
From a spiritual perspective:
Are you walking in fellowship with God? 1 John 1:6 says,
“If we claim to be in fellowship with Him but we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”
This is a powerful verse. Many of us believe in God. But the question comes down to this: Are we truly in an intimate relationship with Him? Faith without action is worthless (James 2:17). What is your response to the gift of salvation? We are called to go deeper and know God more fully, and make Him known to others. We can say we believe, but if our lives do not demonstrate a transformation and we are not actively pursuing God in our homes, communities and workplaces, are we living a lie? Are we fooling ourselves? Ask God to give you an “honesty assessment.” There have been times in my life when I avoided church, the Bible and even prayer. It scares me to think about the condition of my heart during those times. God will convict us if we ask Him to reveal those areas that need this honesty assessment.
Our goal is to be honest with God, ourselves and one another about our physical and spiritual fitness, and take the “honesty assessment” so we can get on the right track!