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Jesus asks us to be like Him. Follow Him in all that we are, all that we do, and all that we say. Jesus was, is and will always be perfection and is what we as Christians strive to be.

But humans are messy and complex, and we often make things harder for ourselves – well at least I do. It takes work to be like Jesus. Intentional work every day in order to reflect Christ’s character through all that you do.

Something I discovered whilst trying to do this intentional work, is that there are a handful of values I say I hold dear but in reality, they are probably a lot further down the list than I’d care to admit.

I say I value love and respect, but I constantly show a lack of love and respect for myself when I say “yes” to every opportunity that comes my way, making rest and me-time near impossible to achieve.

I say I value loyalty and friendship when, in real life, I end up cancelling plans at the last minute to pick up extra shifts at work, or to go home and watch Netflix because I was tired from working too much. In these instances, I am valuing wealth over being a good friend. This was a scary thing to admit to myself, let alone to everyone reading this!

We live in such a success-driven, money-hungry, fast-paced culture, and it can be hard to unlearn these values and habits that have been instilled in us from an early stage of life.

Mustard Live was able to discuss these topics with the Year 11 and 12’s at Geelong Lutheran College in early February. It was a real privilege to get to discuss this topic of character and values with a group of young people who truly engaged with depth and knowledge beyond their years.

Choosing intentional time for myself, and intentional time with Jesus instead of accumulating wealth or opportunity is something I am still working through, one day at a time.

“Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living and reorder our lives under God.”

Lamentations 3:40 (MSG)

Blessings,

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