Review the Tape: Examination of Conscience
If you have ever played sports, you are familiar with reviewing film, especially reviewing your performance. Ever watched the video of your daily life?
Watching yourself in the third person reveals just how well you execute when it matters most. The video doesn’t lie. Were you in the right place? Where you thought you were and where you actually were may have been totally different. Why did you turn that way? Why didn’t you move this way? Why did you get beat? How did you best your opponent?
I love watching tape with my wrestlers as a means to improve their performance on the mat. Video shows the good, the bad, and the ugly, whereas our memory tends to justify or ignore our mistakes. Video also can slow things down to help us analyze for the purpose of fine tuning.
Now apply that to our daily walk of faith. What would the film show you?
- How did you handle that testy client, or that project assignment?
- How did you deal with the pressure of a hectic morning?
- How did you treat your wife?
- What were you doing while you kids played?
- How did you use your time?
- How well did you face temptation?
Taking the time each evening to review the day opens a whole world of insight. It can identify weaknesses, as well as remind us of victories. Then we can offer these back to God in our prayers.
Start each examination with a prayer for clear recall and for God to reveal to your heart and mind the truth. Then recount your day. The opportunities and circumstances vs your response should begin to appear. How did you do?
This takes practice, but being honest before God and yourself will lead to greater communication between you as well as ways to set goals for improvement. The only way to improve is hard work, honesty, and discipline.
God wants you to be a saint. He wants top performance out of you. You should desire this for yourself as a man, a husband, and a father. Improve your life and reap the rewards of victory.
Posted on June 9, 2014, in Catholic Family, Catholic Husbands, Catholic Manliness, Personal Witness, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare, Stewardship and tagged catholic dad, catholic husband, daily examination of conscience, Reviewing your day. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.