Be sure to check out the first three posts on beating busyness here and here and here before you read this post because today's post builds on what I've already been talking about - values matter when it comes to prioritizing our calendars. My goal is to help you identify your core values - the proverbial hills you'd die on before giving up - by the time you finish reading this post.
Let's jump in...
At this point I'm assuming you've read the first three Beating Busy posts and are ready to continue. After you've invested some thinking time reflecting on what God values, the next step is to quickly generate a top ten list of your own values. Honesty about your values helps you know what kinds of things God has wired in you in such a way that you come to a better understanding of how this impacts your calendar.
I probably don't have to say this, but I'm going to anyway: Be honest.
Be honest about your values. If you value "Me Time," then make sure you write that down. If you value "Sleep" or "Hobby Time," make sure you jot those down as well. Clarity about actual core values bring direction to your life and provides you with a starting framework for future decision making.
The challenge of this exercise isn't to come up with the perfect list of values or to "get it right." Your job is to name what you believe to be true about how your days should be lived. Identify the core values God has built in you and explain why. Conviction is the "why" behind the value.
Generate a list of 8-10 values and significant lessons and key convictions for each value. Behind every value is the belief or "conviction" that this value is true for you. The conviction is the why behind the what. The list below offers a few examples of possible values God has wired in you. Check all that apply.
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