BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day
© John Denney 14 June 2007
I made a big mistake the other day. I watched every step of my car's MOT examination. For an hour or so, I was on tenterhooks. I could see the two examiners at the rolling road brake test, putting the car up on a lift and peering underneath, pushing and pulling at the wheels, even feeling the tyres. And all the while I was thinking "I bet I'll have to have something expensive fixed!"
But you'll be delighted to know that my car passed with flying colours. I should have expected it, because I have it serviced regularly, and I even fill up the windscreen washer bottle myself! (He said, proudly.) Anyway, I've got a certificate, and my car is now fully taxed.
I was thinking, what about giving ourselves an MOT? I don't mean a medical checkup. I guess many of us have that anyway. No, I was thinking of a me-checkup. Are my human characteristics in good working order?
So here are some questions for us both:
· Am I loving enough?
· Is there sufficient joy in my life?
· Do I radiate peace?
· Am I as patient as I should be?
· Could I be kinder to the people I meet?
· Do I do any good to others?
· How faithful am I - to my spouse if I have one, my family, my friends, my colleagues, … my God?
· Am I sensitive to other people's needs and hopes?
· Have I got my "self" under control?
There's no certificate for this. But if we tick all the boxes, we shouldn't find life so taxing.
 The questions are based on the "fruit of the Spirit" in Galatians 5:22-23