True Value. 

So, it has been a busy weekend for me and my bride to say the least. We set up and deejayed a wedding Friday night, we completed tear down of the system and returned home by 3 a.m. We were then up and at em again by 7 a.m. Let me tell you, I am not as young as I once was. 

We completed The Willmar, Minnesota Alzheimer’s Walk on Saturday and we did it on about 3 and a half, to 4 hours of sleep!!! My bride, God bless her heart, is eight years younger than I. And even she said a weekend like this was very tough to complete. 

But, her dad is in the final stages of his battle with Alzheimer’s disease and so we hold an enourmous value in doing the walk and raising funds every single year. And I have finally found the love of my life, so I will support what is important to her. What is important to her, is now important to me. 

But we live in a world where value has become so turned around. We don’t value people. We don’t value relationships. We don’t value opinions, even if they are opposite of our own. We live in a world now that is all about the self and self preservation. For decades we have used the term ‘Self-Help’.

Life is not a buffet line, my friends! If you don’t like it, you can’t just go back and get something else. We have lost the ability to put value on the things that do matter! So, what does actually matter? The fruits of the spirit matter. What are they? Well, for those who don’t know, here is a list. 

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a Christian life according to Paul in his Letter to the Galatians: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

Well, for a few years now I have loved by a question, ‘Will this matter in 100 years?’ If the answer is no, I try to not place an over abundant amount of value on it. In 100 years, nobody is going to remember that I was a radio station personality for two years. Nobody is going to remember that I was an alarm monitoring specialist during Hurricane Katrina. Nobody will remember that as I watched the film Sully tonight, it hit me, six days later I was fired, rather ceremoniously from my position at Brown College as an Admissions Representative. 

But, in my 40 years on this Earth, what I hope people will remember is my grace. My forgiveness. My peace. My goodness. My self control (Dear Lord help me! I am still working on and struggling with this one!) 

Joy? Ask anyone. They will tell you Joy Is not a problem for me!! Although, sometimes, it truly is. Life gets hard. But all life has value. 

Why does all life have value? Because all life, whether you want it to or not, whether you believe it or not, touches other life. Organisms cannot survive in a vacuum. They cannot survive alone. Your life has value. 

And I DO NOT CARE if you are the garbage man, a janitor, a store clerk, or the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company. Your life matters!! Your life has value. 

Why do we place so much value on money and things? It doesn’t make sense to me, and yet, I am guilty of doing it too!! Third conviction of the day!!! Yay me!! But, even these moments, and these lessons have value!! 

Just because something is painful doesn’t mean we can’t learn from it and grow. If we are not growing, we are not relating. If we are not relating, we are not living!!! Life NEEDS growth!! And that, my friends is true value!! 

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