What do you value?

God has a purpose and plan for every person and for Him to be able to use you to His fullest desire, each of us have to prioritise what matters most, in other words we need to clarify our values, weigh up what is important to us and then bring them into agreement with our action.

JOSHUA 1:8 (NIV) Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

We must realise that what we value affects our life. They control everything in our life.

Our values affect our stress levels. When our values are unclear, there is confusion. When our values are in conflict, it’s because we haven’t clarified what’s important and what’s not. The result is stress.

Our values control our success in life. Every time you make a decision, you’re filtering that decision subconsciously or consciously through what you value. If your values are right it will lead you to growth, success, development. If your values are wrong, you’ll eventually crash and burn. What you think is important in life not only effects your stress, it also effects your success.

They also effects our salvation. Jesus said that it is possible to be outwardly successful – financially, socially and every other way – and be spiritually bankrupt on the inside. He said, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?”

And listen! Your values can and should affect the people around you.

Where are you going to get your values from? This is very important because the source of your values will determine the quality of your values. For instance, would you consider the Oklahoman a good source for values? How about TV talk shows? Where do we get our values? We get them from a lot of places: Parents, peers, magazines and books, from music, from society in general.

I want to encourage you to make a list of your values. Make a list of what you consider to be the most important things in life and then attach a scripture to them (source).

Do this for a couple of reasons:

You need to do this because most of the values that you have you didn’t choose. You didn’t choose them. You just assimilated them without thinking as you grew up. You picked them up from people all around you. Some of them you got were good and some of them weren’t so good. Some of them are self-defeating and some of them are actually hurting your life. But you didn’t automatically sit down and choose the value. You just automatically accepted it. You’ve never really thought them through.

You need to write out your values because we rarely think about our values until we have a crisis. Then, all of a sudden, we get interested in, “What’s the purpose of life?” When you’re cruising through the world, going through life and everything’s going great, you don’t stop and ask the tough questions. What happens is, you wait until a crisis occurs and everything hits the fan …… bankruptcy, divorce, major illness, death of a loved one …… and, then all of a sudden, you start asking questions: “What am I here for? Or “What really is the purpose of life?”

Knowing what you value most is so important that we all need to do something about it.

That’s all for this blog look for a followup blog about values and success.