Get ready, because today's article is going to be a little different! Instead of offering advice that I believe will benefit a particular group of people or those who are facing a specific type of problem, I am going to address an issue that is so pervasive that it is having a negative impact on our entire planet. Not only does it affect many of my readers, but it is something that is slowly destroying our families, our communities, our personal lives, and society as a whole.
What could this problem be that is having such an impact yet isn't all over the news or social media outlets? It's very simple, so here it is: We have our values turned upside down. We are loving things when we need to be loving people.
This really hit home to me when I was eating with an associate of mine. His 16-year-old son called to tell him he had been involved in an automobile accident. I sat there listening as the man grilled his son about every little detail about what had happened. How did the accident occur? Who was at fault? How much damage was done to the cars? The two questions he never thought to ask were "Son, are you alright?" and "Was anyone hurt?"
His firstborn son and namesake had just been through a very traumatic event and all he seemed to care about was a couple of chunks of metal with tires and how much the accident was going to cost him. Am I the only one who sees a problem here?
Although, that's the world many of us live in...
We're too busy to make it to little Johnny's ball game, Sally's recital, or our parent's anniversary celebration, we've got to work!
The TV is getting old, need to buy a new one.
New iPhone is coming out, got to have it.
The kids are playing in the yard and break a window.
Your husband or wife spills coffee and stains the carpet or, worse yet, that new dress or suit.
The baby throws food on the wall.
These are all situations where we get our values upside down and lose our cool. Tomorrow, the next day, or twenty years from now, that person may or may not still be in your life, but I can almost guarantee you that the objects you place importance on will be gone and forgotten.
People, if you never learn anything else from me, remember this: The material things of this world come and go. Today's treasure is tomorrow's junk. It is only the matters of the heart and spirit that have lasting value, so learn to cherish them!
My challenge for you this week:
Check your values.
Who are the most important people in your life?
List the reasons that they hold such a significant place in your life.
How do you show these people that you hold a high regard for them?
Make a list of things you can do on a weekly basis to ensure these individuals know your affection for them.
Make a self-pledge never to lose perspective of their value to you!