Life and our experience of it are in a continual state of flux. Coming to know God personally only seems to increase the speed with which our understandings and beliefs regarding the world around us, ourselves, and our relationship with God morph, shift and grow. If a series of concise snapshots could be taken — time capsules assembled which represented our life at any specific point in time — we’d be amazed at the continual changes that we experience in our walk together with Christ.
Me, Myself and I AM attempts to establish such a written time capsule. Taking the form of a workbook for adults, checklists, fill in the blanks, yes/no/maybe, rate on a scale and long answer sections are presented covering a wide array of questions concerning life, belief, past, present and future. Questions concerning your theology, history, goals, hypothetical situations, personal preferences and a hodgepodge of other questions make up the baseline for your own personal time capsule. The mood of the inquiries ranges from dead-serious to light-hearted fun.
One of my favourite questions follows, in a check-box format.
The fictional character(s) that fit my image of God when I was growing up:
[ ] The Abominable Snowman: huge, scary, and probably nonexistent – but you never knew
[ ] Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia: wise and good but untameable
[ ] The Big Bad Wolf: tricky, mean, and always showing up in places I thought were safe [ ] Fairy Godmother: sweet, kind, and always looking out for me [ ] Father Time: a distant but loving grandfather who kept the world moving [ ] The Great Pumpkin from Peanuts: a hopeful figure I wanted to meet but who never whoed up [ ] Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings: Kind, powerful, magical and mysterious [ ] Mother Nature:life giving and good but didn’t come inside much [ ] The North Wind: cold, harsh, impersonal – and bad news when he showed up [ ] Santa Claus: the person who would give me what I wanted if I was good enough [ ] Winnie-the-Pooh: warm and comforting, a good buddy [ ] The Wizard of Oz: big and powerful until you got to know him [ ] Other: [ ] None
The questions relating to childhood perceptions of God, relationships and forgiveness hit home for me as I was reading through the book. Even such lighthearted questions can trigger lengthy introspective ponderings if that is where God chooses to place His finger. Other areas will prompt your heartfelt prayers and examination as God leads.
Rather than being a straightforward, back to front, checkmark when you’re done format, Me, Myself and I AM encourages a looser, free-flowing approach to working together with the book. You can start at the front, the back or flip through randomly. Likewise you can enter into prayer during your reflections, fill in just the basics or use the questions as prompts for in-depth journaling.This title's value is not merely in filling in all of the blanks to establish a baseline for who you are at a specific point in time – rather there are riches to be found in the process itself. Me, Myself and I AM seems deceptively simple, but when read prayerfully you can expect God to speak to you through the gentle queries and prompts.
Pick up a copy and work through it. Fast or slow – depending upon God’s leading you might sail through in a matter of days or spend several weeks in contemplation. What you won’t want to do is shelf the book once you’ve completed it. Make a note in your long-term planner to pick it up again in one year, five years, ten. Better yet – purchase multiple copies so that you can re-examine yourself at these time posts as you grow in God.