Reflecting on Our Choices

Today, you have the opportunity to live for Christ or live for yourself. Today, you have the opportunity to choose love or hate. Today you can choose prayer or gossip. Our days consist of small choices that we might not even be aware we are making, so today I don’t want this to just be another blog you read, but I want this to be a launching pad.

I want you to take some time and really think about what the most important areas in your life are. What would you say are the top values you hold? Would you say family? Career? God? Money? Write down the top five most important areas and values in your life. Here are mine:

Important Areas:                                                Important Values

  1. God                                                                     Loyalty
  2. Family                                                               Honesty
  3. Friends                                                              Dependability
  4. Community                                                     Generosity
  5. Career                                                                Faithfulness

Okay, once your lists are done, it’s time for some self-reflection.   Look at your life and evaluate what you’ve done for the past seven days. Do your actions reflect the most important areas and values in your life? The first time I did this, I had to come to terms with the fact that my life did not reflect anything I said was important. I was working 80 hours a week and if I were 100% honest, I would say my list looked more like this:

  1. Career                                                             Ambition
  2. Money                                                            Success
  3. Friends                                                          Drive
  4. Family                                                           Perseverance
  5. God                                                                Decisive

It’s not pretty – I know but once I was able to reflect and honestly look at my life, I was able to change. I began to choose prayer over gossip. I learned to choose God over anything. When I was able to be honest with myself, I was able to drastically change my life. I swore an oath to obey God no matter what the cost and in return I found myself quitting my job to move to South Korea to teach English. I learned humility, and what it means to really depend on God. I learned and am still learning so much about what it means to live for Christ. Sometimes my reflection ripples as circumstances and people collide with my world, but throughout it all, I know what is important and with regular reflection, I can make sure that I’m not just saying I’m living for Christ but I actually am.

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Chris Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” – Philippians 3:7-8

Please don’t just read this – do it and let us know what you thought of it! As always, we love hearing from you! ❤

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