Measuring Your Life


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How do we measure achievement?

How can we assess the value of our own personal life?

Watch Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen give a TED talk about measuring the value of your life.  By comparing personal life stories with corporate approaches to decision-making, and employing academic theory, he comes to a surprisingly simple and convincing answer.

Watch it here.   It’s worth it.  (It’s a little long, so if you’re short on time, start about eight  minutes in).  It could change the way you approach every day.


In Good Company

Prayer is powerful.  No matter how you feel when you are praying alone, keep in mind that there are millions, maybe billions of people who also believe in prayer.  They are praying with you.

I’ve found a few pictures to remind us of this good company that we’re in.  Consider that each picture represents people in their own circumstances reaching out to God.  Beautiful.

2012 Easter Sunday Mass, St. John the Evangelist Metropolitan Cathedral (Dagupan City, Pangasinan) Author: Ramon FVelasquez

Wooden Prayer Plaques at Yushima Tenjin, Taito, Tokyo Photo Credit: Vigyani (Wikimedia)

Praying jewish man on the western wall in Jerusalem Author: Peter van der Sluijs

The repeated prayer “Om Mani Padme Hum” carvedon red stone pieces and stacked to make a wall. Such devotion so far from any permanent settlement. Photo Credit: McKay Savage (London, UK)

Worshippers flood the Grand mosque, its roof, and all the areas around it during night prayers in Mecca. Author: Al Jazeera English

Rosaries prayer Photo Credit, Wikimedia: User:leba12

Handwritten prayers to Saint Charbel lie underneath a statue in the en:Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral in en:Zocalo Square, en:Mexico City. Taken by Chris Kanaan

RABIAN SEA (April 24, 2011) Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) participate in an Easter Sunday sunrise service in the hangar bay. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are conducting maritime security operations and close-air support missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicolas C. Lopez/Released)

Just Be There

Chatting with my nine-year-old as he was going to bed, I realized I didn’t know much, really, about his day.  I knew his activities — school, basketball practice, homework, chores, video games, etc.  But how was he?  ‘Fine.’

I wanted more.  But…he’s a child.

I recalled a chapter from James Martin’s ‘Jesuit Guide,’ God Meets You Where You Are. God, our Father, doesn’t need for us to explain, analyze or be in a certain place to hear us and to know us.  He is just with us.

I am with you always (Matthew 28:20)

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finding god… (Photo credit: tanjila)

Walked away from a church, and ‘all that nonsense’ years ago?  Can’t bring yourself to go back into a house of worship?  Okay — God is with you.

Yet there too you shall see the Lord, your God; and you shall indeed find him when you search after him … (Deuteronomy 4:29)

At home surfing the web?  In the grocery store? In a funk; in joyous rapture about the birth of a new baby; or in mourning for the death of a loved one or the loss of a job? In the street, homeless and looking for shelter?  Hmph, how about that… God too.

The Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9)

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oak sapling (Photo credit: adstream)

As a parent, maybe I need to meet my son where he is.  If he is playing a Xbox in the basement, maybe I should too.  Or at least watch.  I can shoot a basketball now and then.  By being there, I show interest and make a connection that I so desperately want.  Just like God wants with us.  One small seed of communication can grow into a healthy relationship tree.

This is as true for our relationship with God as it is for me with my son.

God is with you in everything you do (Genesis 21:22)

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Lucky for us, we are God’s children.  God is everywhere with us, all the time.  He sees what we do, and go through, and he understands.  He is always whispering ‘Tell me about it…’ and so happy when we want to talk.  If only we could be more like that, with children, friends, family, the lost, the lonely, the poor.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with me. (Revelations 3:20)

Pray for it.  Maybe you can.