Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NIV) beautifully encapsulates the profound truth about the value of time: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.”

Every facet of life carries its own unique worth, whether tangible, perceived, or accrued.

Intrinsic value is embedded in time. Squandered time is irretrievable, while time invested multiplies in significance. Unlike money or health, which can often be restored, time once passed is confined to memory, forever beyond reach in actuality.

The linchpin of success lies in timing – being the right person in the right place at the right moment. It’s plausible to find oneself in the right circumstances, yet fail due to poor timing. Many unremarkable individuals achieve extraordinary success simply by emerging at precisely the right juncture.

Influence carries immense value. Leaders are deliberate in their efforts to influence, while followers may inadvertently wield influence.

Employing influence judiciously is wisdom, whereas exploiting it can be morally questionable. Corporations allocate vast sums to advertising agencies in pursuit of influencing consumer preferences.

Every individual wields a measure of influence, and how it is wielded determines its worth.

Jesus harnessed His influence to beckon people towards God. His impact on lives reverberates across every corner of the globe, and His influence, channeled through individuals, enriches society.

The influence stemming from the baptism of the Spirit with power is a boon to all of humanity.

The manifestations and gifts of the Spirit serve as testimonies to the gospel of Jesus Christ, yet when utilized solely for personal gain, it verges on ethical impropriety.

Even failure holds value. Yesterday’s setbacks serve as tomorrow’s fertilizer. What one person deems as detritus may be cherished as an antique by another. What appeared devoid of worth in the past may well possess immense value in the future. Discard not your failures; rather, let them fortify your decisions today and in the days ahead.

The perception of Christianity varies; what some see as a stigma, others perceive as the glory of the cross.

The Bible provides a clear framework for God’s value system in both our lives and the world. It is a testament to His love that He sent Christ to sacrifice for us, and to reject this truth is to doubt God’s word (1 John 5:10).

It’s a curious notion that someone, after a lifetime of rejecting God’s Word, labeling Him a liar, and aligning with His adversaries, would expect a warm reception in heaven upon passing.

God is the architect of value systems for both the Church and the individual, and His riches are boundless. His heavenly throne and tabernacle stand unrivaled; the combined majesty of all earthly royalty pales in comparison to even the slightest fraction of God’s glory.

Eternal values are set by God through the ministry of Jesus Christ.

True manhood is inseparable from possessing genuine values.

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Jeff Hagen
President & Founder
Hill Cities, Inc.

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