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If you were to write down the 3-5 things you most value in life, what would you write down? Family? Relationships? Honesty? Integrity? Something else?
On the surface, the majority of us could say what we value to others without too much difficulty. But if you were to explore what’s deep beneath the surface, you may discover you have been putting a higher value on some things that didn’t make your list of what you say you value.
Here’s a simple exercise: Look over all of your purchases and credit card receipts over the previous 3 months. If somebody else were to look at these same receipts, what would they conclude about what you value?
Similarly, take the opportunity to write down exactly how you have spent your time over the past 2-3 weeks. How much time did you spend sleeping and resting? How much time did you spend at work? How much time did you spend with family and friends? How much time did you spend in prayer, or more deeply rooting yourself in Christ?
Questions such as these reveal what we truly value.
READING & PRAYERS:
QUESTION: What are you willing to give up in order to be more deeply rooted in Christ?
QUESTION: What are you unwilling to give up in order to be more deeply rooted in Christ?
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3 or 5 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today I recognize that I may say I value certain things, but the questions in today’s reading show that what I actually value may differ. As I continue to dig my roots deeply into Christ, help me to recognize what matters most and invest my time, energy, and resources into those things. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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