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Karen Pence, wife of US Representative Mike Pence (R) gave her perspective on caring about the important things in life.

During a Christian women's event at the Community Church of Greensburg Thursday night, Karen Pence, wife of US Representative Mike Pence (R) gave her perspective on caring about the important things in life.

The event began at 6 p.m., and Pence spoke a little after 7.

The main point of her message was the importance of noticing idolatry in one's own life, which she explained as loving anything more than God.

She gave examples of idolatry that she had experienced in her life when, early in her marriage, she had installed new flooring in her kitchen.

"I asked Mike to move the refrigerator very carefully, and I noticed that there was a small rip in the linoleum," she said. "I just melted like the Wicked Witch of the West. Then I took a look at myself, sitting on the floor like that and was disgusted with myself, so I picked myself up off the floor."

From then on, she went on, that spot on floor became a reminder not to let anything in the house matter so much to her.

Pence gave an example of another instance in her life when she had to overcome idolatry. She explained that when her husband decided to run for a seat in his hometown, Columbus, they had to move away from Indianapolis and their house, which she was fond of.

"I really liked our house," she said. "But God showed us a verse in Jonah, ÔThose who cling to worthless idols, forfeit the grace that could be theirs."

By the end of her speech, Pence had explained the meaning of grace and gave some advice to the people in the audience. "Ask yourself if you feel that you have anything you can't live without."

At the end of her speech, Pence thanked everyone for attending and expressed her appreciation for the invitation.

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