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

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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