Recently, I had an online discussion with several authors about the question: what are important core values for a Christian writer?
Several were identified, including devotion to God, commitment to truth in life and in story, time with God—staying connected with him, honesty and integrity, discipline to take care of myself and to put my butt in the chair, and the desire or willingness to follow God’s call.
It jumps out at me because, while I totally agree with it, time with God is the one area where I fall short of living out one of my core values.
Too often, time with him is tucked into a time slot where it’s convenient. Or, I skim my daily devotional and my scripture reading and my prayers are rote recitations done quickly—almost mindlessly—so I can get into what I think is important for my day. Yes, I spent time with him but it was meaningless because my mind was somewhere else.
I realize now that I need to stop and evaluate, I need to slow down, to strengthen this value so it really does reflect the core of who I am. I don’t want to put a time limit on it because then it just becomes another chore to be checked off the To Do list.
If I am going to live out this value, I need to break out of my comfort zone. I need to physically change locations, get away from routine and distractions, and take my Bible and sit with him for as long as he wants.
I remember a teacher, Jerry Savelle, saying he would stand on the edge of his bathtub so he wouldn’t fall asleep during his morning devotions. I need to be willing to get that radical.
A huge part of making him number one in my life, is making the time to sit with him and talk with him. Just as I make the time to write, I need to make the time with him.
How about you? What are your core values? How do you overcome the challenges that would prevent you from living them out?