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Day 28 - Leading Your Life With Excellence

Seeking the truth in and about your life.

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Day 28
Leading Your Life With Excellence

In this session, Mike Hatch gives us three questions that guide us into the excellence and freedom of living we are called to.

  1. What is true? To live and think in excellence, we must pause for a moment when things are tempting, or when we are confronted with challenging situations. This pause gives us space and time to determine how to deal with them in the best manner as men.

    For example, as a pastor, I sometimes make decisions that are not popular, and people respond with unkind or even hurtful words. People have said that I am an unkind, unloving person. So when this happens, I pause for a moment and ask myself this very question, “Is it true that I am unkind?” The answer is, “No, I am a kind person.” Is it true that I am unloving or uncaring? Again, the answer is, “No, I am a loving and caring person.” I have to pause for a moment, and even get alone to pray, to ask, “What is the truth?”

    Q: Can you think of a time where you may have jumped to a conclusion, where it would have been better to pause and consider? Briefly note it here, along with perhaps a better response.

    “A life of excellence starts with truth.” – Mike Hatch
    Q: What is true about yourself? (Remember that something might be “true” about you, but not “the truth.” Note both.)
    Q: What is true about your relationships? (Again, draw the distinction between what true, and what is the truth, and note both.)
    “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” - John 17:17 (NIV)

    God’s Word provides truth and direction and it establishes our personal value to God and to others.

    Q: How has/does God’s Word provide truth to your life and helped direct decisions in your life?

    “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God.” - 1 Thessalonians 4:3 - 5 (NIV)
  2. What do you value most? Where we place value will guide our decisions, plans, and priorities.

    Q: What are several things you value in life? Why?
    Q: How much value do you place on the following, and how do you express this value?
    Life Pursuits

    “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34 (NIV)
    Q: How does what you value affect your decisions?

  3. What price am I willing to pay?

    Q: In the view of what you know to be true and valuable, what will you be committed to do or change in the priorities listed above?

    Living a life of excellence is founded in truth, values, and sacrifice. All are necessary elements for integrity. Integrity is accurately described as, “who you really are when no one else is watching.”

    3 Areas of Integrity:
    1. A possession of firm principles
    2. Completeness
    3. Wholeness; a state of being sound or undamaged
Q: How do these three areas of integrity apply to you?