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I'm NOT lovin' it

December 4, 2007 - Betsy Bethel
"Uh-oh," I think to myself as I'm sitting in the fast food drive-thru for the second time in one weekday.

"This has got to stop."

A few months ago I read that happiness comes when you live your life in harmony with your values.

I'm hearing lots of discord at the moment!

Do I value my health? Yes. But I am not exercising and am stuffing fried food and sweets in my mouth like the "Supersize Me" guy.

Do I value time with my daughter? Yes. But I'm boinging around like a pinball, attempting to add holiday concerts and shopping outings sans Emma to my already packed schedule.

Do I value my family? Yes. But I so often put personal needs and wants before them.

Do I value my faith? Yes. But Sunday morning is the only morning of the week I can sleep in! And I can't seem to find time to fit Bible study into my weekly schedule.

The author -- can't remember who - went on to suggest the solution is to consider your main priorities in life, put them in order, then KEEP them in order as you make decisions day to day.

This makes a lot of sense.

And I think it is a very important message for this time of year, when schedules fill with extra activities both at home and in the community.

My Christmas wish for your family and mine is that our lives would resound with the joyful music that is produced when we conduct our lives according to our deepest-held values.


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