Discovering your Values
”Its not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are” – R. Disney
Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
Life really emanates from the heart. When we know and focus on our core values, it easier to make right decisions during stressful times. If our life is in disarray, we find ourselves out of sync, or even slipping into despair; it can be time to prayerfully consider what our values are.
Our values are the things we have deliberately decided to live for. Our personal top ten, or six or twelve, depending on how many values you manage to boil it down to. The Bible gives us some clear guidelines, the foundation for our values. I would suggest that God, family and generosity should all be part of your core values.
A few good questions to help you discover your values are:
1. What do I want those closest to me to say at my funeral? Why?
2. If all my savings and possessions became invalid and I was completely broke, what would I do and why would I do it?
3. What in life is most important?
Take a moment to prayerfully ponder your personal core values. Write them down with specific, tangible goals that you can keep track of. Looking back later, this may be the most productive 10 minutes of this day. In fact, it may set you up for success spiritually and relationally. And remember to be specific. Below are my personal top two core values:
1. Jesus Christ. To live life with and for Jesus and His glory at all times. Practically I value time spent with God, reading the Bible and praying, above other activities. I will seek to spend time with God daily. If a day has been too busy, I will do this at night before I go to bed.
2. Family. I value quality time with my spouse and children. I will seek to spend at least one hour of focused time with each family member every week. This may have to happen using technology if I am traveling.
When you have discovered your values, it is easier to live life on purpose.
Pastor Pekka Perho