Would you rather be able to eat anything you want and still stay healthy OR be guaranteed a full night sleep every night for the rest of your life?
Would you rather have perfect hair every day OR have a clean house (that you didn’t have to clean) every day.
By answers alone, I’m sure you would be able to guess if they came from a teenage girl or a sleep-deprived new mom.
And while this game is purely silly fun, we are constantly (sub)consciously making decisions on what we prefer all the time.
- Would you rather get up now and spend some quiet time with God or hit snooze and do it later?
- Would you rather eat an apple or a slice of cake?
- Would you rather clean the kitchen or watch Netflix?
What we choose depends on what we are currently valuing.
If you’re valuing physical rest, you may choose the snooze button and Netflix. If you’re valuing your physical health, you’re going to choose the fruit.
What if we applied this to our spiritual lives?
When we apply this same theory to our spiritual lives, what we really are asking is: do our thoughts and actions line up with what the Bible says we are to value?
Not sure your answer to that question?
Maybe it’s time for a little bit of self-reflection. I’ve put together 10 questions (including some “would you rathers”) to help you identify what you value.
Friend, these questions aren’t meant to shame you. I simply want us to start thinking about what we value. Our actions are determined by what we think is worthy of praise.
10 Questions to Help You Determine What You Value
Take as long as you need to really dig into these questions.
1. What do you celebrate in your family?
2. What(or who) gets the most of your time?
3. What do you worry about?
4. If you had unlimited time and unlimited money what would you do?
5. What are you most afraid of losing?
Would you rather…
6. look healthy and fit or be kind and generous?
7. have a full bank account or know the peace of God?
8. have your professional dreams come true or serve the “least of these?”
9. your spouse praise you daily or praise God?
10. your kids be worldly successful or poor and in love with Jesus?
So what was that like to take an honest look at your heart? Were you surprised by your answers? Did you find it hard to be truthful?
Regardless of what your answers were—both good and bad—now we are going to lay them at God’s feet. It’s time to repent and ask for His strength and His eyes to keep our heart and mind on what He says is good.
A Prayer to Value What God Says Is Good
Forgive us, O Lord. We have fallen into the trap of valuing what the world says is important over what you have said is good. Renew and transform our minds so that we see ourselves and the world through Your eyes. Place our feet on Your path. Strengthen us so that we may stand firm in Truth. Give us the courage to live lives set apart from the world. We ask all of this in Your Son’s blessed name, amen.
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