“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” ~ M. Scott Peck
How much do you value yourself? What do you do with your time? When the value of your life increases, the value of your time will also increase; why? Because your life now has a purpose! You have a reason to get up and start your day.
The most important question to ponder is how much does God value you? How might that change how you use your time? Let’s presuppose you have children or pets; reflect for a moment on just how much you love them. Now take that to the hundredth power, and you will start to realize how much God loves you. If God values your life that much, don’t you think it’s time for you to start doing the same? The truth is God does love you that much and has great plans for your life, regardless of what stage of life you are presently experiencing. It’s time for you to embrace the truth that you are valuable and created in the image of God. It’s time for you to get busy because time is of the essence.
When I was in my early 20s and a spiritual toddler, I learned a valuable lesson about self-worth and time. I would go to my mentor’s house just about every afternoon when I got off work. I would vomit my self-centered drama on him, and he would gracefully listen and then offer me spiritual actions to take to help change my life. The only problem was I wouldn’t exercise any of his suggestions. One day I showed up for my pathetic “woe is me” session, but instead of listening and offering advice, my mentor asked me to get up, put my cup of coffee in the sink, and leave. I was shocked and responded with the question of “why?” He said, “Harold, you are wasting my time. Your time isn’t valuable to you, but my time is valuable to me.” I was devastated, but his actions helped change my life. I would return a few weeks later asking for a second chance, he agreed, and my life has never been the same since.
There is a direct correlation between self-worth and motivation. If a person feels worthless, there is no real purpose for living, resulting in a discouraged soul. This disposition leads to morbid reflection and self-destructive behavior and can lead to thoughts of ending one’s life. That’s why it’s imperative to live a spiritual life because you grow to understand that your life is not about you. God created you for God’s purpose and glory. When you embrace this truth, it will change your life, your self-worth will increase exponentially, and there won’t be enough time in the day for you to accomplish everything God has planned for you to do.
One of the delusions you can easily fall prey to is that time has passed you by and that it’s too late for your life to amount to anything. You can waste precious time dwelling on the past by sitting around beating yourself up for what you could have been, “if only.” It’s time to throw away the whipping stick and smash the illusion that it’s too late for your life to amount to anything or make any real difference in the world with the limited time you have left.
You are all living on borrowed time. It’s time to get busy, are you ready? The question you need to start every day with is, “what can I do today that will make a big difference in how my life turns out? An even better question to ask is, “what will I do today that will make a big difference in how my life turns out?” What you do today is fueled by your self-worth. It’s time to raise your stock price, don’t you agree? You need better management, so it’s time to hire a new manager; that manager is God, may you find Him now.
We have already established that your life has meaning and value; now, how do you make your life count with your left time on this planet. You can start by loving God through praise, prayer, and meditation. Next, you can prepare yourself to be a blessing to the world by being of maximum service to every single person and situation you encounter today. You truly have a blessed life, so be a blessing to others. You can’t keep the blessing if you don’t give it away.
God of love, thank you for giving me a chance at life. Would you please help me value myself the way you value me? Remove the negative self-talk that riddles my mind, so I can get busy living life to the fullest by loving You, loving others as myself, and helping change the world. In Your Spirit and Name, I pray these things. May Your will not mine always materialize, now and forever. Amen.