Value systems are critical to who we are and what we are going to become. These value systems are created in our hearts and minds over time through the things we consume for our hearts and minds. Eventually, the things we value begin to dictate the things we do, where we go and the effort we exert on life. We must therefore clearly define these value systems and closely watch over them in order to stay true to who we are. The choices we make are a result of the things we value. Once your values have been eroded your sliding has no end and your choices seem to be upside down.
Regularly define and remind yourself the things you value. Repeat them to yourself as often as possible. Ingrain them in your heart and your mind without fail. Take time from the chaos of life to take another look at your values. Step out of the ragging rumble that never stops around you to catch your breath and refresh your resolve on the things that matter to you. Have a clear simplistic picture of your values and live each day in light of them. Then you will be true in your choices and enjoy your life without the conflict that arises from the influence of the world.
SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 7:1-6 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
DEVOTION PRAYER: Oh Lord, may I grasp the things that I value. Let them consume my heart and mind at all times. Constantly remind me of the things that I value, Amen