Inspiration

By Charles Towne 

Do I ever ask myself, what might be?

If I ask myself The following questions each day and answer them honestly It will inspire me and help me to reach my God-given potential.

(Please realize these questions are for personal reflection only, therefore the answers are personal as well and are simply intended to cause us to think and perhaps in the thinking to stimulate us to grow into our pre-ordained potential.)

#!  Am I content with the direction my life is taking me today?

#2 Am I content with my character growth… today?

#3  Am I growing, or am I just standing still, marking time… or marching in place and going nowhere?

#4  If I remain where I am today, am I going to be fulfilled tomorrow?

#5  What needs to happen in my life to give me a definite sense of fulfillment in the future?

#6   What are the defining issues in my life today that determine whether I am going to possess a sense of genuine well being and accomplishment of a life well lived tomorrow?

#7   Am I a dreamer, an imaginer?

#8   Do I think outside of the box?

#9  Do I visualize my dreams as being in the realm of reality, of possibility?

#10  Am I really living, or am I just existing?

#11   Do I really care for others, or am I self-absorbed?

#12   Do others believe that I really care?

#13   Do I love my life?
(If I answered no to that one perhaps I need an attitude adjustment.)

#14  Am I striving to improve myself daily?

#15  Do I associate with people that inspire me to be better than I am?

#16  Is the world a better place because of my having been here?

#17  Am I a good listener?

#18  Do I always strive to do the right thing?

#!9  Do I always strive to do the right thing, today?

#20 Am I enjoying my life?

#21 Am I content with my spiritual condition?

#22 Have I set realistic goals for my life?

#23 Do I strive to reach my goals on a daily basis?

#24 Once I have realized the goals I have set for myself are they going to benefit others as well as myself?

#25 If the goals that I have set for myself are not going to benefit others can I rewrite those goals so they do in fact benefit others?

#26
Are my associates, my friends, helping me to reach my God-given potential or are they keeping me from reaching that lofty goal?

#27 And the last question which should perhaps be the first is this, do I have a living, breathing, vibrant, relationship with Papa God, TODAY?

Dear Father, please help me to serve rather than be served.  Help me to build up rather than tear down.  Help me to be a peacemaker instead of a dissenter. Thank you for first loving me Papa God. In Jesus’ most blessed name I ask this, Amen

Live simply,
Love generously,
Trust God, and make a difference, today


Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.

19 COMMENTS

  1. I found myself reflecting and re reading the prayer after browsing through the questions. Very powerful …thank you for this Sunday insight!

  2. Dear NH, I am thrilled that my words mean enough to cause one to reflect, to cause that one to examine their life to a degree that it causes self examination and through that self examination to grow into the person God desires. I can’t do that on my own but with HIS power all things good are possible. Blessings on you and yours my friend, Chaz

  3. I will have to bookmark this and look through it often. It’s easy for me to get caught up in everyday life and lose focus of the bigger picture ( ie: my relationship with God and my family). Using this self directed questionnaire as a check list is something I can see helping me. Wonderful column as always Chuck. God bless.

    D.L

  4. The HARDEST guestions to answer are the ones we ask our self , as I See it these are TUNEUP to be done every 5000 miles, results may vary According to Drivers input. I

  5. WOW! These are hard questions to answer quickly! What I have done is copy all of them and put them in a Word document. I will keep these to review and consider over the next few months. Since my wife passed away, I have been going through a life changing situation and it has been frustrating at times. I have been working for months, trying to get ready to go to Kansas and have an apartment ready and waiting for me….totally free that my oldest daughter is saving for me to occupy. I have family waiting that I have never seen (great grandchildren) and know my life will be going through a lot of changes! These questions will become a way for me to redirect my life in a way more pleasing to God, and I look forward to reading them over daily! Thanks Chuck, I needed these!

  6. Don Lindsey, you speak of the human condition when you speak of getting sidetracked by life. If we could; no, if we WOULD stay focused on our wonderful friend God and His design, His purpose for our lives? Only then are we capable of finding real peace, joy, true happiness and a genuine sense of fulfillment. Now, today, yes today is the day we must choose! Praise God for His mercy and His love. Peace my young friend, Chaz

  7. Ahhh EJ old friend, The challenge comes because we have not learned how to drive yet! I mean, most of us still have training wheels on our bicycle. Chaz

  8. Dear Papa God, as my friend and brother Don walks this transitional path between the loss of his precious wife Betty and his move to Kansas to begin a new segment of his earthly sojourn with those family members that need him so much I ask that you hold him close, breathe the breath of your love into his nostrils that his life will be full of beauty and joy, and give him a sense of peace that only you can provide. Praise you Father, in Jesus’ Holy and wonderful name I ask it, Amen! Chaz

  9. These questions are so deep. I also printed them out and answered them. Wow, it looks like I have some work to do. Ha! I guess I already knew that but this really helps me focus. God Bless You Charles for helping lead us onward and upward with God. Thanks as always!

  10. Yes Kristin, always onward and upward. Life is such a joy when we know we are doing the right thing for our fellow man. We all have a lot of work to do but I love it when Papa God smiles and says, “Well done my good and faithful servant!” Self examination is very constructive. Thanks so much and God bless you. Chaz

  11. Dear Chuck…what an awesome article!! So thought provoking!
    I am making a copy to be a reminder to me to continue working and improving areas in my life and not just tire, give up and settle. To stay focused and truly improve our life and circumstances, in as much as we can, I think is truly living. If we can help others along the way, that is in itself living out our faith.
    Thank you and God bless you.

  12. This is a really thought provoking set of questions. It seems like this could also be a useful topic/task for people that meet in study groups. Even though the questions are something that have to be answered by us as individuals, it might also be fruitful and interesting to work/discuss in a group setting.

  13. CSG, my dear friend, sometimes we need to ask ourselves hard questions that demand change in our thinking and our actions. One of the problems in society today is that folks avoid the difficult, the challenging. Papa God calls each of us to be better than we are or ever could be without Him. God bless you and thanks for the thoughtful comment. Chaz

  14. Dear Nicole, you are so right about presenting in a group setting. It is my belief that any time we can encourage thought outside of the box growth will take place especially in small group settings. I would be particularly pleased if all my readers would pray for me in this cause. God bless you dear friend, Chaz

  15. All too often I find I am the person I am. Thank you Chuck for shining a light on the path to being the kind of person Papa God wants me to be!

  16. Richard, the ugly truth is that self gets in our way and obstructs the ideal. To build positive character traits is not natural for the carnal mind. What is natural is to take the easy path, to seek our own will instead of the will of the divine. Thus we are in a quandary, “That that I want to do I don’t do, that that I don’t want to do I do, O wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from my self? Thank God Jesus will deliver me!” Thanks pal, Chaz

  17. The bottom line, am I willing to let God be God of my life? Am I ready to let Him examine me and point out what He desires to change so that I can be that person who answers yes to the 27 questions?

  18. Excellent observation George, in reality what you point out lays the groundwork for the 28th. question! Very good point. Thanks for the comment. Chaz

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