Introspection is an interesting addiction that can slowly steal the joy out of living each day for what it is. Often this addiction starts out as a healthy inventory of looking at past hurts and areas that need healing. A person will go down this road with a counselor or prayer partner and good things occur. I am a huge proponent of working with a counselor, but often introspection takes on a life of its own. We can get stuck in the funnel and eventually spend all of our time focusing on self.
Ecclesiastes 9: 7 provides a good formula to combat this temptation of introspection. “So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this!” Put simply, the writer is telling us to enjoy today! As we choose joy we can focus on all of the wonderful things that are happening today, instead of continuing to return to the difficult things that occurred in the past.
Jesus offers healing for personal pain and desires for each of His followers to move through introspection into genuine care for others. We are encouraged by the Spirit to receive healing and move forward to offer healing to others. (More on this tomorrow)