September 16, 2021
Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10
We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.” – 1 Cor. 10:12
Benefits of Journaling
1. When you write down areas in which you owe amends, it will help you to see if patterns are developing, so that you can identify them and work on them with the help of Jesus and your sponsor.
2. You can keep the amends you owe to a very ‘short list.’ As soon as you write down an issue, you can make a plan to PROMPTLY offer your amends. (After you make amends, you can cross it off in your journal.)
1. Start off by writing down just one thing that happened that particular day for which you are thankful. Just one thing can get you started, and it will also help you sleep better at night.
2. Ask your accountability partner/sponsor to hold you accountable for writing in your journal each night.
3. Memorize Galatians 5:22-23 – the “fruit of the Spirit.”
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.”
Ask yourself these questions:
How did I show love to others? Did I act in an unloving way toward anyone?
Did others see in me the joy of having a personal relationship with the Lord. If not, why not?
How was my serenity, my peace? Did anything happen that caused me to lose it? What was my part in it?
Was I patient? What caused me to lose my patience? Do I owe anyone amends?
Would anyone say that I was kind/good? In what ways did I act unkind?
How was my faithfulness? Did I keep my word with everyone?
How was my gentleness and self-control? Did I lose my temper, speak a harsh or unkind word to someone?
“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40
When you do your daily personal inventory, ask yourself, “Today, did my actions show what the second greatest commandment tells me to do? Did I love my neighbor (others) as myself?”
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” – James 1:22
3 Kinds of Inventories
- An Ongoing Inventory
The best time to admit we are wrong is the exact time that we are made aware of it. If you do an ongoing inventory during the day, you can keep your amends list very short.
A Daily Inventory
At the end of the day, reflect on your daily activities – the good and the bad. Think through ways you may have harmed someone or where you acted out of anger or fear. (Keep your inventory balanced!)
A Periodic Inventory
Do this every three months or so. Maybe this could be a mini-retreat or just some focused time away at a park. Bring your journal and ask God to show you areas to work on over the next 90 days.
By taking an ongoing, a daily, and a periodic inventory, we can work Step 10 to the best of our abilities. With God’s help we can keep our side of the street clean.
Step 10 Daily Action Plan
- Continue to take a daily inventory, and when you are wrong, promptly make your amends.
Summarize the events of your day in your journal.
Commit helpful Scripture verses to memory.
Work all steps and principles to the best of your ability.
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Mark 14:38
Leader Focus Question
- How can doing a DAILY INVENTORY help you to “be careful that you don’t fall”?