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Tim Keller Looks at the 15 Tough Questions George Whitefield Would Ask Himself Every Day

This weekend, Redeemer Presbyterian Church founder and best-selling author Tim Keller took to Twitter to discuss something powerful he’d been reading: The diary of eighteenth century theologian George Whitefield.

In a thread on Twitter, he looked at the 15 “questions [he] used to evaluate himself every day.”


Have I …

1.Been fervent [had warmth of feeling] in private prayer?

2. Used stated hours of prayer [morning, noon, and evening]?

3. Used [spontaneous prayer to God] every hour?

4. After or before every deliberate conversation or action, considered how it might tend to God’s glory?

5. After any pleasure, immediately given thanks [to God]?

6.Planned business for the day?

7.Been simple [avoided luxury and ostentation] and recollected [stayed aware of God’s presence] in everything?

8.Been zealous in undertaking and active in doing what good I could?

9.Been [humble], cheerful, affable in everything I said or did?

10.Been proud, vain, unchaste or enviable of others [in my thoughts]?

11. Recollected in eating and drinking? Thankful? Temperate [disciplined] in sleep?

12.Taken time for giving thanks according to [William] Law’s rules?

13.Been diligent in studies?

14.Thought or spoken unkindly of anyone?

15. Confessed all sins?


Obviously, these questions used to daily examine himself were written long-before the digital era and the age of such hostile political discourse, but the timeless ideas take on new meaning today. Many focus not only on growing a personal relationship with God, but also how we treat our neighbors.

Asking them of oneself—especially on a daily basis—is a challenging, but rewarding exercise.



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