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May 19, 2016, 10:28 AM

What Do You Value

What Do You Value

When I was a kid, we listened to sermons all the time; at church, in the car, on TV, and I'm pretty sure even in my sleep. I quickly began to realize that all preachers tell the same 7 or 8 corny stories. One preacher story that I remember very well is about the man that made a deal with God. The deal was that He got to bring one suitcase to heaven. So the man got the biggest suitcase that he could find, sold everything that he in this life in order to fill that suitcase with gold. When he got to baggage claim in heaven, St. Peter made him open the suitcase for inspection. After inspecting the bag, St. Peter looks at the man and asks: “Why so many paving stones?”

When we make an investment or buy property, we are really saying that I think that this stock or this land will hold its value. We buy a home and hope that it will be worth more when it comes time to sell.  We buy a stock thinking that the company will grow and the stock price will rise. Nobody buys stock hoping that the company will go bankrupt. 

As Christians, we should ask ourselves this question: “In light of eternity, will what I value in this life hold its value in the next life?” In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus said: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In other words, what we value in life matters in the next. 

The tricky thing is, what we think that we value may not be what we actually value. The things that we value will take the highest priority in our life. That means that they will take the highest priority when it comes to our resources as well. I have found that there are three resources that tend to point us to what we really value. There are two things about these resources that make them uniquely able to pin point exactly what we value. Number one is that everyone has these resources, but not in equal amounts. Number two is that everyone universally recognizes that these three resources are valuable and assign value.

They are, in interchangeable order: 1.) Your Wealth  2.) Your Time  3.) Your Energy

We will talk more about each of these during the sermon this week, but I want to focus in on Energy for a moment. Your best energy is a sign of value. So, in determining what we actually value, we need to ask ourselves: “What or Who is getting my best energy?” and “Am I giving some of my best energy to those things that I want to value?

It is this kind of question that led to us hiring Brandon Weaver as our Interim Youth Minister in the business meeting last Sunday Night. It was becoming very apparent that the youth were getting money and time, but they were not getting anyone's best energy. They were getting my left over energy and attention as I thought about and looked at the church as a whole. They were getting other people's extra energy and attention as they would step in and help out. But, they were not getting anybody's best energy and attention. 

We have had a lot of people that have stepped up to help out with the youth in the last few months.  They have heard from many great people who have filled in from week to week. I think that the long term health of the youth ministry will benefit from the larger group of helpers that it has gathered over the last year and a half. But, it was time to allow someone to take on the task of building consistency and momentum within the youth ministry. 

We will continue to look for a second full time staff person, but in the mean time we don't want the youth to be short-changed. They need our best energy, and an Interim Youth Pastor seemed to the Deacons and Youth Committee to be a big part of that picture.  It passed in the business meeting with a unanimous vote. Now I am calling on the church to rally around the youth ministry in prayer. 


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