3 Things I Value

I stopped trying to follow 928 blogs every day. It was killing me. I’d try to read all of them but if I couldn’t do that then I wouldn’t read any because I was so overwhelmed. I was overstimulated with information. So I pared that down to about ten (plus my own new one!) and if I don’t read one day it’s OK because I can easily catch up on all of them in about 30 minutes. I would suggest that all our readers do the same (as long as OMP is one of them) but this wasn’t supposed to be a post about social media etiquette.

One of those blogs I read is written by a guy named Chris Brogan. If you haven’t heard of him he’s probably one of the five most brilliant social media minds in the world right now. His business ideas are outstanding, his discourse concise, and his follow-through unparalleled. The kind of guy who makes you wonder what you do with your 24 hours every day. Anyway, he has this thing he does every January where he picks 3 words that are going to represent his year. They can be any three words, he just has to understand what they mean and how they relate to the work he does.

I thought it was a pretty good idea so I told Jen about it the other day but I gave it a slight twist.

Me: “If you had to pick three words to describe me in 2011, what would they be?”
Her: “Uhh, Oklahoma State, writing, and why are you asking me weird questions?”
Me: “That was eleven words and only two answers.”
Her: “Just go put your headphones on.”

OK, I embellished the last part just a hair, but sometimes it feels like that’s how our conversation goes…

Really though, what I wanted to get at is what three things I’ll do my best to value for the next 365 days (and beyond that, what I’ll value for the rest of my life).

So we talked and here’s what I came up with for the three values I’ll keep closest to my heart in 2011 (and beyond):

  1. Integrity – This has always been my big one. I’ve always felt a sort of tug on my heartstrings when I know I’m not in line with what the Lord would have for me whether anyone is watching or not. I have to say my vigor towards this has been dulled by the sandblaster that is Western society over the past few years but my knowledge of it never waned. Praying my head and heart meet up again soon.
  2. Discipline – It’s something I struggle with. I have so many friends whom I look up to in this area that I sometimes feel less than adequate in my pursuit. It’s a dull pain too. There’s nothing sexy about going to the gym at 5:30AM every day (not that I would know). There’s not a lot of fun to be found in eating what’s right rather than what’s tasty. Even to sit down with the Word sometimes feels like a grind. The journey is good and worthy though, one I should (and sometimes do) revel in.
  3. Wisdom – Andy Stanley did a sermon series a few years ago entitled “the best question ever.” I’m not a real big topical sermon guy but he nailed this one. He said we should simply ask ourselves in any and all situations, “what is the wise thing to do in this situation?” It’s a simple concept with a profound effect.

A father tells his son in Proverbs, “Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.  She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.” [my emphasis added]

So these are my three things, for better or worse. Jen said they were all such boy things to say or something like that…I wasn’t listening. Boys. You know.

What are your three biggest values?

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I'm an aspiring freelance writer and blogger (which doesn't make a ton of sense when you think about it). I started a blog called Our Marriage Project and one about OSU called Pistols Firing. I love both of them, and I love my wife. And I love Kevin Durant, Explosions in the Sky, Tim Riggins, Blue Moon ale, Twitter, and the state of Georgia.

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