Honest Answers Poll Top 5 Results
Thank you if you were one of those responsible for the awesome response to the 3 Honest Answers Poll questions … we had over 1300 individual votes!. In this post, I’m sharing the poll results and my initial thoughts on the top 5 conclusions that arise out of the data. My reasons for drawing those conclusions will follow in a couple of days.
In the meantime, I’d ask you to: (1) reflect on how the conclusions might apply to your life, and (2) have your say!
2. What is your attitude towards your prayer life?
3. Do you feel that you are walking in victory?
The results are in and to view them, just click on the thumbnails for both the data and the graph:
So let me ask you – how do you interpret these results?
Frankly, I was torn.
Do I look at them with a “glass half full” mentality (my natural inclination, since I’m an optimist) or do I look at them from a “glass half empty” perspective? Well, this time I’ve decided to go against my natural inclination. Here’s why.
I have come that you may have life in all its abundance. (John 10:10)
That word “abundance” literally means “super-abundance” – there’s no real English equivalent.
You see I think that God has something planned for us – right in the middle of the day to day realities of our lives, with all the ups and downs we go through – that is much greater, much more powerful, much more fulfilling, much more blessed, than we ever imagine.
I believe the sort of victory that the Lord has planned for me, and the sort of victory the Lord has planned for you, is the sort of victory that Paul had when he was sitting chained to a guard on death row in a Roman dungeon. The sort of victory that enabled Paul to exclaim:
Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say … REJOICE! (Phil 4:4)
And it’s that perspective, Jesus‘ perspective, that draws me to conclude these things from the poll results:
1. Sure, the polling sample is highly atypical – with a staggering 58% reading God’s Word daily.
2. Nevertheless, 42% of those surveyed are going hungry on some or most days.
3. And almost 80% of those surveyed are less than enthusiastic about their prayer life.
4. As a result, just 18% of those surveyed reported that they are living a life of victory.
5. Bottom line: the high level of commitment to Bible reading is not, for most, translating into a super-abundant life.
Wow – those findings may sound tough. At the very least, I hope you find them as unsettling as I do. Of course, you may not agree. That’s fine.
I’d love to know what you think so please post a comment and have your say.
In a couple of days, I’ll be sharing my reasons for drawing these conclusions and … if they reflect what’s really going on in your life … what you can do about them!