The following is from our sermon yesterday as we launched into our new series titled “Calibrate.” In it, we seek to rearticulate our values and the importance of a solid working knowledge of what we value:
We do what we value. We spend on what we value. We have finite resources of time, money and energy. What we value predicts how we will spend those finite resources.
Personally, I value my wife and my kids, so they have my time and money and attention. I value time at the end of the day with my wife, so I organize life to make sure that it happens.
We need to define what we value as people and as North Church, because we are self-serving creatures.
Q- Why are values important?
A- Values help us wage war against our idols.
We tend to gravitate away from what we truly value and towards our idols. We can begin to value different things as a church and as individuals. Most of the things that get us off course are idols that creep up and sneak in. We have them as leaders, we have them as a church and you have them as individuals. Without continually pressing these things into the front of our minds, our idols will rule us and the way that we spend our resources.
A- Values provide a framework for our activity.
Think of values and mission as a skeleton or framing a house. They shape what things will look like and provide the framework for what we will look like to the outside world. The framing of a house creates the places where the walls will be, it creates the size and shape of the rooms, it establishes the house, it communicates what the builder or home owners value. When we rebuilt our house we had friends come in and write scriptures and prayers on the sub floor and studs to establish our home in scripture, prayer and community because we, as a family, value those things and want to remind ourselves that we value those things.
Spend some time thinking about the way you spend your time, money and energy and what it says about what you value. Spend some time thinking about what you would like to value more.