This quote from the Bible was the first to immediately come to my mind. I say it to myself several times a day usually when my mind goes to thoughts that I would rather not be having. Or, if my mind gets logged down in some kind of rut that I want to get out of. I’ve been saying it to myself since the late 1970’s when I first heard it on the radio in an interview with Howard Thurman, who said it was his favorite quote from the Bible, because it’s all inclusive. I like it because I think it is a quote that instigates spiritual progression.
Search me, O God, and know my heart
Try me and know my thoughts
And see if there is any wicked way in me.
And lead me in the way everlasting.