We all have things that get in the way of our relationship with God. Things we put before Him. Not bad things, often they are good in and of themselves ... just not the ultimate thing. Often they are hard to identify. As I've been reading how people change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp, I came across this list of questions that help identify idols in our lives.
- What do you love?
- What do you want?
- What do you seek?
- Where do you bank your hopes?
- What do you fear?
- What do you feel like doing?
- What do you think you need?
- What are your plans, agendas, strategies, and intentions designed to accomplish?
- What makes you tick?
- Where do you find refuge, safety, comfort, and escape?
- What do you trust?
- Whose performance matters to you?
- Whom must you please?
- Who are your role models?
- What do you desperately hope will last in your life?
- How do you define success or failure in any particular situation?
- What makes you feel rich, secure, and prosperous?
- What would bring you the greatest pleasure?
- Whose political power would make everything better for you?
- Whose victory and success would make your life happy?
- What do you see as your rights?
- In what situations do you feel pressured or tense?
- What do you really want out of life?
- What do you pray for?
- What do you think about most often?
- What do you talk about?
- How do you spend your time?
- What are your fantasies?
- What is your belief system?
- What are your idols or false gods?
- In what ways do you live for yourself?
- In what ways do you live as a slave to the Devil?
- When do you say, "If only ..."?
- What instinctively feels right to you?
These are questions to regularly ask yourself. And here's why:
These questions can help you think more clearly and deeply about why you do the things you do.
The above list and quote were taken from pages 142 - 145 0f how people change by Timothy S Lane and Paul David Tripp ©2006, 2008 by New Growth Press