Saturday, May 10, 2014

How Do We Make The Most Of Our Lives?

Karl Tingle

Once we get our values mapped out and prioritized it’s time to take the big steps.
Commit. Values give us permission to commit to something. Values give you the freedom to give yourself to something, to step out and run.

Meaning. Values give us meaning to our activity and thought.  When we live by a set of values we add meaning to everyday tasks. For example a mother that is fixing her children’s school lunch could say I am slapping a piece of lunch meat for the thousandth time between the same bread as always. A mother, who has high values on raising children, could say I am providing a nutritious meal for three future Christian leaders, so they can grow and learn. Values give meaning to priorities.
Excellence. Once values set our priorities, they give us permission to excel in specific areas. My son Jesse plays twelve different instruments. He finally reached a point that even though playing a large number of instruments was enjoyable, He realized that being excellent requires focusing and prioritizing. When we prioritize out of a set of values you give yourself permission to do what you need to do, not just to do what needs to be done. Around the church there are a lot of things that need to be done.  But my calling and values allow me to focus on what I need to do.

Intentional. Defining our priorities allows us to be intentional with our resources. We can use our money, time, and talents on those things that give the best results in fulfilling our stated values. There will not be a useless expenditure of time or waste. Just imagine what we could accomplish without wasted time. You know the time that just slips through the cracks of our day.

Today I am praying for you. I pray you will be able, with the help of God’s Spirit, to discern God’s values and priorities for your life. I pray you will start having the time of your life by being committed, intentional and excellent in all you do. I pray you will give your greatest effort doing that which is meaningful.

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