Week Ending Sunday, March 24, 2019
Values vs. Myself
“It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” Quotes are easy to find. Quotes that affect us and/or apply directly to us are just as easy to find. Question is: Do some of these quotes affect you or appeal to you because you live that way or because you wish you could live up to them or because you wish that other people, neighbors, relatives, friends, enemies, would live up to them? Take your time and be honest with yourself. Which answer is it? I’d be curious if someone were to say, “none of the above” but in today’s world, that is always an option.
In my case, it is two of the answers listed: I wish I could live up to them and I wish all of my contacts and acquaintances would live up to them. However, I cannot ask or wish others to live up to them before I do and set the template. You just had to know there was a catch. Always goes back to ‘the chicken or the egg…’.
So, let’s look at the opening quote, briefly. “It is not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” Comes off the tongue easily, doesn’t it? Very appealing, isn’t it? Okay, then what are your values? Everyone has one or two or more. And, just like people, none of them are the same; that is, none of them have identical values. What is important to a June Bug is not important in the same way to a Cricket. So think a minute and write down a few of the values you think you have, a few of the values you admire in people close to you and maybe even a few values you see in others who are not close to you but you encounter in business, church or socially.
Compare your lists. Are there matches? Are there values in others missing from your personal listing? Are there values missing from others that you have and wish they had? Does a not-so-friendly neighbor or acquaintance have values that you don’t have? This is an amazing tool for you. It will show you the why of many things in your dealings with others but more amazingly, the comparison will give you insight to your own self. Who you are. Why you act the way you do around certain people. Why you are attracted to certain people and put off by others. Remember, if you are fair and accurate in your values E-value-ation then the problem will not always be with someone else’s values but with yours.
Try this exercise sometime and be true to your wanted values. You will see clearly where you are falling short and going long. You can change what you will. Write down your values and those you think Jesus carries with him. How do you add up?
What’s in your Way to following Jesus? Yourself? Can’t be someone else unless you let them.
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