Wednesday, November 22, 2017
What do I value?
Two questions have been haunting me lately
hanging around my head
going on my morning walks
joining me in my bed
ruining my morning soak
But they are good questions
The first question is this…
What do I value?
Not what are my goals?
Not what do I want to accomplish with my life
But what are the values that get me up in the morning
And take me through my day
What are the values that craft the direction of my life?
I have a value set by my family
Kliewers serve. Period. End of conversation
It just is.
Ministers, Doctors, Therapists
Serve your community! That is why you are here
But who can exclude love
My faith system demands that
That crazy, foolish way of being taught
by some guy named Jesus
Love your self
And love the people around you
Actually most of what I value gets captured
In that thing called love
Compassion, generosity, connection
Kindness, all the standards
So I have to come up with something else….
And I chose
Being honest… to God
To myself, and to….. you
Hard to do when you think you have to be perfect
When you constantly compare, compare, compare
Strive strive strive
Under you are not a fool for Christ’s sake
But just a damn fool
There they are
Service, love, authenticity
Serving the people, all people, in love?
Ah but there is more
So much more
Because the second question is important too
Am I living toward what I value?
The answer is often yes, sometimes no
But here is the thing… my values path is not a straight line from A to B
It is a direction, nothing more
I am moving toward a destination I will never get to
What is important is that I keep moving
And I keep moving the right direction
Sometimes I’ll get lost, at others I’ll get stuck
But I will keep heading
Down that path
Toward that compass point that is
Service, love, and authenticity
And when I fail?
With I slip and slide into strange and sometimes dark place
I will simply pull out my values
Dust them off
And begin again.