If we are to be serious about spiritual growth, it’s imperative for us to dig through and uncover the many layers of our hearts so we might know what is truly within.
Ed Welch writes, “One of the problems with the heart is that it is hard to know it. We can quickly list the circumstances of life that shape who we are, such as family, friends, and teachers, but the heart tends to hide, both from ourselves and others. Knowing about it and knowing it are two different things. ”
Jared Wilson blogged David Powlison’s 11 Questions to ask ourselves to help identify our idols. I’d recommend everyone take time to honestly answer these questions. Not just once, but again and again and again throughout your life.
1. What do I worry about most?
2. What, if I failed or lost it, would cause me to feel that I did not even want to live?
3. What do I use to comfort myself when things go bad or get difficult?
4. What do I do to cope? What are my release valves? What do I do to feel better?
5. What preoccupies me? What do I daydream about?
6. What makes me feel the most self-worth? Of what am I the proudest? For what do I want to be known?
7. What do I lead with in conversations?
8. Early on what do I want to make sure that people know about me?
9. What prayer, unanswered, would make me seriously think about turning away from God?
10. What do I really want and expect out of life? What would really make me happy?
11. What is my hope for the future?
“The human heart is a factory of idols. Every one of us is, from his mother’s womb, expert in inventing idols.”