What do you value?

This past weekend I was at Student Leadership Advance, which is a retreat for the leaders, new and old, for Chi Alpha. I had an amazing time, but that is beside my point. On the last night Andrew Youngblood preached a sermon about Strength, but the thing I really took from the whole message was this:

You have time for the things you value.

Really let that sink in. You have time for the things you value.

I spend a lot of my time napping, because I value my sleep. I spend a lot of my time doing homework, because I value my education. I spend a lot of my time on the internet and social media, because I value seeing what other people are up to. I spend a lot of time hangout with people, because I value my friendships. I spend a lot of time eating, because I value food. I spend a lot of time bathing, because I value being clean.

How much time am I spending with God? How often do we use the excuse “I’m too busy” or “I don’t have time”? What do we value in our lives? What do we value more than our relationship with God?

That really convicted me this weekend, because I’ll be honest, I have used that excuse “I don’t have time” so many times. We have time for the things we value. So, if I don’t have time for God, then I don’t value my relationship with Him. If I am spending more time napping or using the internet than I am spending time with the Lord then I am putting their value above God’s in my life. I make time for naps, I work my schedule around my naps. What if I worked my schedule around my time with the Lord? What if my day was thrown off if I didn’t spend quality time with the Lord? God longs for a relationship with me. He longs for a relationship with you. God wants to spend time with me because He values me. He wants to spend time with you because He values you. He wants to spend His precious time with me because I am valuable. You are valuable.

Take some time and ask yourself these question, really ask yourself:

1. What are the things I value?

2. Are the things causing me to not spend time with the Lord?

3. Is my relationship with God suffering because of the time I’m spending with other things?

4. Do I need to reevaluate the things I value?

Then pray. Ask God to reveal to you the answers to these questions. Spend some quality time with the Lord because He values you and He wants you to value Him as well.

You have time for the things you value.

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