For some reason, the most difficult life to assess tends to be our own. It’s strange. The person we should know the best. The one we spend the most time around. Yet, we seem to be the most elusive mystery in our own lives.

Maybe it is because we don’t really know ourselves as well as we think we do. Maybe we do things for the wrong reasons. Perhaps we’re just really good at lying to ourselves. The truth of our lives is so complicated, so big and weird. We are not sure what to make of it. Perhaps we are simply overwhelmed with data.

We make a lot of assumptions. Blindly accept a lot of our own biases. Truth is so difficult to determine within our own self because we assume it is already there. When we meet with others, it is easier to see their blind spots. Sometimes painfully easy. We see how their experiences have shaped their worldview. But somehow, we overlook our own influences. We’re too close. 

Self-perspective is the most important because it is the most difficult. Transforming our perception is a great challenge. There is more truth out there than we currently know. More self-awareness than we are currently walking in. We need something external to help give us feedback, point to our blind spots, and encourage the better parts of us. We cannot discover truth alone.

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.”
– Romans 7:15-16