It is okay and it is recommended that you have a medical check-up – acomplete physical exam at least once a year. It helps early detection ofdiseases and helps you stay on top of your health and physical condition. In short,it’s a strategy for keeping fit. So, let me ask you, “Have you had a check up lately?”
However, the check-up I am talking about is neither physical normedical. The last time I checked I was and have never been a medicalpractitioner. The exam I talk about is attitudinal, mental and spiritual. Let’sfeel your pulse:
Check your ATTITUDE to life. “Attitude” Chuck Swindoll said, “is more important than facts.” And Ibelieve it. Yourattitude to life will determine your altitude in life. QED!
Check your ASSOCIATIONS. Your friend determines your end(see Proverbs 13:20). Evil communications corrupt good manners (see 1Corinthians 15:33). Your associations are either making you poorer or richer,making you better or worse. Check it!
Check your BELIEFS. A man would never changewhat he believes until his belief system cannot deliver to him the results heseeks. Whatyou believe is what you will become. Fertility is not in the land, it is in themind. Selah!
Check your CONFESSION. What do you say to and about yourself. You will always have what you say. Your wordswill become “flesh” and dwell with you.
Check your CONVICTIONS. Men are not ruled by feelings;they are governed by the depth of their convictions.
Check your DEVOTION. Are you still seekingfirst the kingdom of God? Half-hearted seekers of God get nowhere.
Check your ENTHUSIASM. “It is the little thing that makes a big difference.” (MatthewAshimolowo) Are you still full of God? Haven’t you lost your zest for life andliving?
Check your FAITHFULNESS. If you are faithful inlittle things, you’ll be trusted with bigger stuffs. That’s how God designedlife to work.
Check your GROWTH. Are you growing? When lastdid you learn something new? True prosperity is marked by consistent growth andincrease, not just accumulating possessions. When you’re through learning,you’re through! Many are growing OLDbut how many people are growing UP?To grow old, you need do nothing but effort must be made if you must grow up.Selah!
Check your GIVING. The price of living isgiving. What and to what are you giving? Give to God and to the people aroundyou. The true measure of your life is not by its duration but by your donation.
Check your HABITS. You choose your habits andyour habits decide your destiny.
Check your IMAGINATION. You are who you think youare and you will become the person you imagined to be.
Check your JOY level. Joy is not the samething as happiness. Happiness is a function of your circumstances but joy is achoice. Choose joy today (see Habakkuk 3:17-19).
Check your KNOWLEDGE of the truth. Are youmerely assenting to or you indeed believe the truth. The Word of God is truth.Only the truth you know, can and will set you free (see John 17:17; John 8:32).
Check your LISTENINGQUOTIENT.We are all guilty of this. Me too! God gave you two ears and a mouth so you canlisten twice before you talk once! James 1:19 says to be swift to hear and slowto speak while Ecclesiastes 5:1 admonishes us to be more ready to hear than tospeak.
Check your MEDITATION. How often do you think? Itwas novelist George Bernard Shaw that said, “Fewpeople think more than two or three times a year. I have made an internationalreputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.” Thinkers arewinners. When you don’t think, you stink! No pun intended, that’s the puretruth.
Check your PERSISTENCELEVEL. “Persistent people begin their own successwhere others quit.” (John Mason) Do you give up so easily? “You can soon determine the caliber of a manby ascertaining the amount of opposition it takes to discourage him.”(DeweyKing)
Check your PRAYER LIFE. A man cannot be greaterthan his prayer life. When you are too busy to pray, you are too busy. Doeverything but be sure you are praying. Prayer is your breath (1 Thessalonians5:17).
Check your VITALRELATIONSHIPS.Your relationship with God (James4:8); with your spouse, if you aremarried, that is (1 Peter 3:7; Ephesians 5:22-25); and with your children (Ephesians 6:4). These are the relationshipsthat will matter when the push comes to the shove. Fail here and you’ve lost itall; your success elsewhere does not matter. You will not fail!
Check your ZEAL. Are you growing complacentand cold towards your God-given purpose? Zeal is a vital key to success. Get yourvibe back. Do whatever you will but get it back.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Additions and comments welcome.YOU WILL SUCCEED!