Recently we went through leadership training with over 30 of the leaders in our church. It was a fantastic day of laughter, fun and learning that led to a greater awareness of self in those that came. It was a great exercise in growing our self-awareness. I read once that we never rise above the level of our self-awareness. While self-awareness does not guarantee growth, growth rarely happens without it.
In this case the training focused, not on personality or behavior, but on motivation. Understanding motivation is powerful because it means looking underneath the surface to what causes us to do what we do. The more I reflect on it, the more meaningful this is. The writers of Scripture (and Jesus himself) frequently talked about the need to understand and guard our hearts. I am reflecting more about “why” I do what I do than I do the “what” I do. It is revealing, humbling and freeing. Consider:
My ongoing challenge is to continue to ask God to reveal my heart and motives. To draw out the deep, hidden places of my heart. In the end, I trust that this will lead to freedom.
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