Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How To Identify Your Idols

Lately I have been thinking through the reality of the idols in my own life (the good or bad things I set up and enthrone as ultimate things). I have even had the chance to start up discussions with the youth group on identifying the idols in our lives.

That said, I found this little list to be helpful on my journey to expose and destroy/dethrone the idols in my own life. What are the idols in your life? Do you see them here?

David Powlison's list of questions in Seeing With New Eyes are good for a diagnostic test on our lives now and again to help us identify idols.
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?

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