Lamentations 3:40, Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.

2 Corinthians 13:5, Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.

If you’ve been keeping on top of sports news recently, you noticed that the NFL has adopted an expansion of its instant replay system. Many fans are hopeful that this will improve referee calls. In any case, instant replay in sports provides a great opportunity to look back at what actually happened, adjust the calls accordingly, and return to the playing field to continue the game.

The Bible tells us to invoke a type of instant replay through the examination of our lives. Lamentations 3:40 tells us, “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” Just like the NFL’s constant improvement on the examination of plays through instant replay, we can continually improve the examination of our lives, reflecting on our experiences, our reactions and our faithfulness. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.”

A key to personal growth is a thoughtful reflection of ourselves; let’s commit to grow spiritually by an honest look at our own instant replay.

Scott Sanford