A thorough self-examination tries to see not only individual items of attitude and behavior but also the connections between them. For example, a long-standing resentment can be due to envy and result in chronic self-pity as well as occasional rage. The entire combination may be our principal fault. Relationships in general need to be looked at during our inventory. It is a good idea to note the people we have offended with the intention of repairing the damage, if and when we are able to do so. The ghosts of yesterday, especially humiliating memories, can be driven out by bringing them into the open.
Another dividend from being thorough is that when we are done, we “know the enemy” as well as the assets which can work for us. This lessens the fear of being taken by surprise by our faults as frequently happened. The inventory also prepares us for turning our faults over, in a specific way, to the healing power of God.
Give me courage, Lord, to face up to myself and to surrender what I find in my heart to your healing power. I want to be thoroughly in harmony with your mind and heart.