Today’s sermon, now in wearable form from Soul Mantras.
Hello everyone. If you’ll all settle down in your pews, we’ll begin our service.
I’ve been working a lot lately with the idea of moving away from Beliefs in order to organize your life around Values. I’m “teaching” about it twice this week — on Wednesday in episode 2 of Relig-ish, and here on the blog in my Why _____ Matters post tomorrow. Last night I spent a good gin-fueled hour processing some of the concepts with a friend who is a heart-full theologian. And I’m writing paragraph after paragraph for the chapter on Values in Becoming Relig-ish. Needless to say, the theory of Values-Based Living has been on my mind.
But beyond theory comes the practice. And just learning to practice some of my core values has been the thing I’ve invested in the most this week. The majority of my time has gone into being attentive to my values — especially authenticity, self-authority, and compassion. I’ve tried to live those out in the midst of a challenging relationship. I’ve applied them to decisions I have to make around a new business venture. I’ve used them as guides as I’ve responded to the heartache of Gaza. I’ve even paid attention to them to help me make decisions about how I fuel my body.
It’s a big time investment, this commitment to living one’s core values. Do you ever feel like that? Do you ever feel like it might be so much easier if you invested in — say, a three day marathon of The Walking Dead, or long hours at the mall, or many many margaritas. Do you ever think: It might be nicer to live a life less-examined. To be a little less present. A little less intentional. A little less aware.
Lord knows I do.
That’s why today’s sermon is brought to you by the gentlemen of Mumford & Son’s and the lyrics of “Awake my soul.” It’s just one line. One powerful, truth bearing line:
“Where you invest your love, you invest your life.”
Where you invest your thoughts,
Where you invest your time,
Where you invest the fresh-picked, grade-A, first-choice part of you,
you invest your life.
It’s worth it, this investment in values, don’t you think? After all, it’s your life. Your only life.
Make a good investment.