(Posted January 1st 2016 @ 8:00 AM by: Melody Reever)
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves” (II Corinthians 13:5).
The years on the calendar of life fly by with amazing speed. Why, it seems it was just a few years ago when I was graduating from high school and starting on my journey. Seemingly only last year I was a young preacher’s wife with so much ahead of me. Then could it be more than a few short months ago when our sweet daughter, Christy, was born? We pressed our noses against the hospital nursery window to gaze at her, and our hearts were warmed by her perfectness and beauty. But then, was it only last month when she came down the aisle to “Pomp and Circumstance”? No, it was the “Bridal March.” Then yet another page turned on this journey called life as we joined a most precious, privileged group and became grandparents to five of the most special people in the world.
Last week (was it?) we came to Raleigh, North Carolina, with such enthusiasm to pastor a church. It seems like yesterday, we were already stepping down from the role of senior pastor at the Temple of Pentecost, and our son-in-law and daughter, Bryan and Christy Ballestero, were stepping up to that position of honor. But today I feel a real need to do a checkup on my spiritual condition.
The years slip by so quickly, almost as fast as the narrative above. We must be careful it does not go by so fast and furious that we do not maintain our walk with God and move forward, onward, and upward in the will of God.
My husband, Wayne Huntley, wrote the following ten questions and presented them to our church. They are for self-examination, a sort of spiritual gauge, and allow us to see just where we stand in our spiritual walk.
Ask these questions of yourself as 2015 comes to a close and 2016 begins. Many New Year’s resolutions are started in the month of January. But, this time, let’s look back to the old year and see how well we have progressed since last January. This is not the time for slacking or turning around in our walk with God. We must pull up ourselves by our own boot straps and run across the finish line of life. To put it in the words of an old song,
“Search me, O God, and know my heart today.
Try me O Savior, know my thoughts I pray.
See if there be, some wicked way in me,
Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.”
Patsy Huntley met and married the love of her life, Wayne Huntley, while attending Texas Bible College. By her husband’s side, they pastored the Temple of Pentecost, Raleigh, North Carolina, for thirty-seven years. Patsy is an effective home Bible study teacher, soul-winner, and prayer warrior. She is called “Mom” by her daughter and son-in-law and “Gramommy” by five very special grandchildren.