Monday, February 1, 2010

What Do You Value?


When I was a little girl and we would go on family day trips – I remember my dad often asking us questions like “If you had to lose your eyesight or your hearing, which one would you choose?” Or, “If the house was on fire and you could only grab two things as you run out the door – which two things would you grab?” I always found everyone’s answers to be very fascinating.

My husband and I have done this a couple of times too. It always amazes me how these moments clearly come down to what someone values in their life. It often isn’t what we strive for on a day-to-day basis.

My oldest daughter was doing homework for school last night and she asked me this question, “What is something I value that other people may not find valuable?” I explained to her that it meant something she valued in her heart that may not actually be worth a lot of money – like things she’d gotten after her great grandpa passed away. The same is true when it comes to a house fire or when an illness befalls your family. Your values shift and change…. Or maybe they just become really clear for the first time!

When we choose to live a life serving the Lord, our values are going to be different than the rest of the world. Our values and also WHAT we value. I think this gives us an added benefit over the rest of society in the fact that a lot of what we hold dear to our hearts is because of the meaning attached to them from the relationships in our lives. I cherish the carving I got from my grandfather not just because it’s a beautiful carving, but because of who he was and what he meant to my heart. I value the Africa mementos my husband brought back because they represent a place and a people that are special to my husband’s heart. Yes, they are beautiful things – but it’s the meaning behind those things that gets me the most. Even still, those things have their place because when I have a child in the hospital or bring them back from an appointment that discussed a fainting spell or a near-miss eye accident, those things don’t mean nearly as much. It’s all about my children. They are the priority and the focus.

It shouldn’t take disasters, tragedies, or scary events in our lives for us to be reminded of what is truly important. Things are just things. It’s people that matter and the relationships we have invested with them. I believe it’s the whole reason we are here on earth.

2 comments:

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a great post...one I needed today

Faith Imagined said...

I love this! We should value people over things! It breaks my heart when I witness the opposite!!!

-alisa hope

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