If on the other hand I tell you that to let no day pass without discussing goodness and all the other subjects about which you hear me talking and examining both myself and others is really the very best thing that a man can do, and that life without this sort of examination is not worth living.
Ὁ δ’ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ
~Socrates, from Plato’s “The Apology”
Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror when you weren’t ready? You know what I mean. We prepare ourselves to look in the mirror. We suck it in, hold it up and turn at just the right angle. We do our best to see a reflection of what we want to be rather than what we are.
Might as well laugh!
We know that improvement begins with honesty, but less obvious is that the real secret is not self-criticism. We are all expert at that! When you invite Jesus into your life He restores the image of God that was your original design. Through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit your life can soar with fresh wings and unknowable power. You are a child of God.
Now look again.
2 Corinthians 13:5
Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you — unless indeed you fail the test?