Does your time match up with your values?

What do you have time for today? They say we can tell what a person values by where they spend their time and what they spend their money on. A church leader I heard speak once said that people will often exaggerate what they do for others or what they really value. He went on to say that a true and accurate picture of our values could be gleaned from our daily calendar and our check books. Where you spend your time and what you spend your money on would truly show you what your values are. This would be an interesting activity. For many of us, our espoused values would not match our actual values. Let us assume that our actual values where what we really do rather than what we say we want to do.

For many of us, the things we say that we value would not line up with the time and money we spend. What about you? Have you ever taken the effort to look at what you spend your time on and where the bulk of your money goes? What would such an examination of your calendar and checkbook say about your values? Would you be consistent with the values that you espouse to your children and friends?

Are you spending money on the right things? Are you spending time on the right things and the right people? If not, why? What stops you from being more congruent with your espoused values? What would it take for you to have a better match with those things that you say you value and how you really want to live your life?

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