November 2019 Web Article


I want you to try a little test. Don’t worry there is no failing this test. Think of it more as a way to do me self-discovery.

Grab a piece of paper and a pencil or pen (that is right, you are going to write, not text or work on your phone, laptop, desktop or tablet/i-pad).  Now write down the 10 most important thigs in your life, which may or my not include people.

Good, now immediately eliminate 5 by striking a line through them.  Take your time; I know it is not easy. But you have not gotten to the hard part yet.

Now, call a friend (someone you feel really knows you) or if one is nearby ask them for their help. Ask your friend to make a list of what they think your 10 most important things are (including people if you wish).

Once they have done this compare it to your list and say nothing but notice what they have written compared to yours. Now ask our friend, without any input by you whatsoever, to strike out 5 items from the list they made.

Once they have done this compare their list with yours again without saying anything. Finally switch lists. Now that you have each other’s list, without saying anything strike off three more from the list, both of you.

Now return your lists to each other. Compare them and ow you can talk to each other. Ask your friend why they picked the items they did for the list they did for you and then you explain why you picked what you did for your list. Next explain why you removed off the 5 you chose and have your friend explain why they removed off the 5 they chose.

Think now, you chose your 10 then your 5 based on what you believe was important to you. Your fiend chose their 10 and then their 5 on what they observed was important to you.

Finally strike off 3 more from your list and have your friend do the same with the list they have.  Now explain to each other why you each eliminated the 3 you removed off at the end.

Now take time and see if your final two are the same as what your friend ended up with.

Maybe what you now have is anywhere from 2 to 4 things/people in your life that are so important you should thank God for them.  When was the last time you thanked God for them, or anything?

Scripture tells us to be thankful and if that has been hard for you try by just being thankful for 2 thing/people from you list and tell God you are thankful for them. It is a start you can build on.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Humbly submitted,

Jim Vogt Cornerstone Chaplain