Do you know what you want in life? 🤔
Here are two questions to think about:
- What is important to you?
- What are you working on to get more of?
Life Warning 😋 Your answers may just give you the breakthrough you need!
3 Honest Questions about Life inspired by Deuteronomy 17
The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself .. 17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.Deuteronomy 17:16, 17 (NIV)
Before you take out your notebook and journal the 3 questions, let’s take a look at our answers to what’s important in our life vs what we are working day-in, day-out to have more of, shall we? 🧡
What is IMPORTANT in Life?
It might be:
🧡 Time/ Life
What are you working on to get MORE of?
It might be:
💪 More Money
💪 Bigger House
💪 Better Career
You get the drift. When we are asked what’s important to us, it’s often the intangibles. But when we look at what we are putting our hours for, it’s often the tangibles. And it’s not that easy to find an overlap between the two lists!
So how can we live a more aligned life? I believe it starts with being honest with ourselves, and asking the right questions to figure it out.
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How Much of what You Want do You Need – Insights from Deuteronomy 17
1. What do You Want in Life?
We are not talking about the latest Macbook Pro or iPad Mini 😋 But what we really want in life. Now, we know the most common answer is happiness. And yeah, we all know that, but the question is what makes us happy?
The answer is going to be different for everyone.
Journal Prompt 1: Journal Your Values
This is a game changer for me. When I write down what I value, I have a better understanding of what I want in life. Let’s say, we all need money to survive. But wealth accumulation is not my value.
How do I know this?
🌷 I lack the motivation to hunt for another job, just for higher pay.
🌷 I have not been able to work on a project, simply because it’s lucrative.
🌷 I always put other things before wealth accumulation.
I just want to be upfront that wealth is not a dirty word. In fact, what’s worse is wanting wealth but pretending we don’t want it, which leads me to question #2.
2. How Much do you want?
This is where the insights truly come from Deuteronomy 17 🌷
Deuteronomy 17 is a guidance for kings – that while they acquire horses (a necessary in battles/ life), they do not go out of their way to get more for themselves. While the kings need wives (for comfort or whatever else!), they do not take so many. And lastly, they do not over-accumulate silver and gold.
🌵 It’s crazy thinking the advice for kings in Deuteronomy still applies today!
Journal Prompt #2: Journal Your Principles
Your principle for your values should give you clarity on what you want. Let’s talk money.
1️⃣ My value is financial security, not wealth accumulation.
2️⃣ My principle is I will do enough to provide financial security, without following what others do to over-accumulate wealth.
Imagine if you didn’t set your principles. You may then end up pursuing lots of things to get more money, because money is important. However, the time and energy you spent on these pursuits are actually to put yourself in a certain wealth category, and no longer to provide for your family.
If it is easy to exercise discernment when it comes to money, there wouldn’t be so many money verses throughout the bible 🐜Mei
3. How much do I Need?
Need. It can be in practical terms or in emotional terms. What do I mean by that?
Let’s talk money again. You can cover both bases with these questions to figure out what you need.
- What are my living expenses?
- How much do I need to save to provide for my children & my retirement?
- If I accumulate $x amount that I’ve calculated but the median household income is $x+$5k, how would I feel?
- If I remain status quo but everyone around me is moving into the next wealth bracket, how would I feel?
Journal Prompt #3: Journal Your Contentment Level
Why do we consider BOTH practical and emotional? It is a chance to be honest about what we want. Because while it’s easy to figure out how much to save to get to $x, the $x+ that we need in order to feel content is our TRUE value.
We can either recognize that we ought not be pursuing the $+ or pursue the $+ and be honest that our value is not just providing for our family.
I don’t know if there’s a right answer, but I know it’s the way to move forward and gain clarity. If you’re a Christian, pray and ask for counsel!
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Deuteronomy 17 Journaling Prompt
How much of what I Want do I really Need?
What are my values?
What are my guiding principles?
When do I feel contented?
God, I know you know our hearts – how easy it is to over-accumulate and lose our love for You. Please guide me as I prepare for 2022, amen.
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