BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day

John Denney 14 June 2007

 

M.O.T.

 

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[1] 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.



[1] The questions are based on the "fruit of the Spirit" in Galatians 5:22-23