Beating Busy: Getting to the Core of Your Values


In her fantastic book, Breaking Busy, Alli Worthington lists her five core values which provide the framework for deciding what gets on her calendar and for life planning: 

  • Faith
  • Family
  • Fulfillment
  • Future
  • Friends

I really like this list of core values. It's neat. Tidy. Memorable. But more important than being memorable, this list works for her because she did the hard work of identifying her values and reflecting on what's most important in her life. 

My list of core values isn't so different from hers. I see many similarities though I'm no as savvy to come up with words that start with the same letter, but my list works for me, and I dedicated myself to think deeply about what I value most.

When I first went through this exercise as a seminary student 10 years ago I had very different core values compared to today. Some have change drastically while others really haven't changed much at all. And that's okay. That's normal. Hopefully as I've grown older, I've grown wiser and I hope I have a better understanding of God's priorities and how my values align with His priorities for my life than I did 10 years ago. Here are my core values:

  • Celebration - Life is at its best when it's celebrated
  • Church - Daily devotion and weekly worship are necessary for my soul
  • Learning - I am deeply committed to never stop learning no matter my age or life stage
  • Authentic Relationships - Life is better when share with people I know and trust
  • Make disciples - My life's work and mission is to make more and better disciples
  • Simplicity - Life is complicated, but it doesn't have to be


Core values are non-negotiable. They are the mountains we will stand on and defend to the death. These are the things that, at this point in time, we cannot ignore and won't abandon. They represent our unique wiring and the specific ways we view and approach life. What are your top five core values? Review the list you made from the previous step.

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