A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a training centered around leadership. Though it did focus on how leaders interact with their teams, to my surprise, the majority of the time was spent being introspective. We were tasked with taking a look at our personality traits and, more importantly, our values.
We were given a stack of cards with different words written on them. Achievement, family, money, success, balance, and exploration were all included, to name a few. Our task was to pick out six cards that would describe our values. Once we chose the six, we had to put them in order of importance. The sixth card being our "trade off" value. This is the value that we often trade off in pursuit of the other five.
I've shown my values above, with spirituality being the first, followed by health and family. I've always been of the mindset that God comes first, you take care of yourself, and then your family is your next ministry. After really reflecting, I realized that relationships have often been my trade off value-- tending to fall behind on keeping up with friends. The stark realization made me explore my other values. Was I really keeping them in the priority that I placed them in? Did my actions align with my values?
I believe that many of us can attest to our priorities and actions not always aligning with the things that we value. I value my walk with Christ and it guides everything else that I do, but I'm not always on top of my studying and reading of the word. I value health, but I don't always eat the best meals. And I'd be lying if I said that I keep up with family as much as I should. Yet, if these are things that I truly value most, then I should be adamantly pursuing them over anything else. Matthew 6:21 (NIV) puts it this way, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Consider time a currency. Wherever you time is most spent is where your heart truly is. So I dare to ask the question, what do you truly value based on your time?
After sitting back and evaluating how my time is often spent, I realized that I wasn't aligned. So, I took action and became more intentional about my time and where it's spent. What about you? Take some time to explore those things that you value most. Are your actions lining up with these values? Are you aligned?