Coffee CupIt’s Monday morning, and I sit at my desk in my home office—the world headquarters of GodPonders. I have a freshly brewed cup of coffee, my Spotify morning playlist is playing in the background, and I am ready to begin a new week. The question of the day: What will this week bring? What are the tasks that will fill my hours this week? One of the first things I try to do on a Monday is plan my week. I will pull up my task manager, Wunderlist, and see what is pending from last week and if anything is scheduled for this week.

A couple of weeks ago, I started adding this question to my Monday mornings: “What can I do this week to add value to this world?” I’m learning more and more that it is not all about me and what I need to get done. It is about my walk with Christ, first and foremost. For many years, I taught students the importance of developing Spiritual Habits. The premise is this: “Who you are is made up of the grace and gifts of God you have been given, the commitments you make, and the habits you develop.”

I want to make it a habit to ask the question, “What can I do to add value to this world, using the gifts and grace of God given to me?” It is clear that Satan is alive in our world and working hard to take value out of this world. He is removing the value of a human life; he is removing our value as sexual beings created by God with specific gifts, abilities, and even gender. He is removing the value of the Word by questioning its reliability and practicality. He is removing the value of the name of Jesus by reducing it to a swear word.

It is therefore my goal as a follower of Christ—who values human life from conception to the grave, values the uniqueness of our creation, values the Word of God as living and active and without error, and values the name of Jesus above all other names—to add value to my world.

9  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11  Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12  Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
1 Peter 2:9-12 (NIV)

SOMETHING TO PONDER: How have you seen Satan remove value from your world? What can you do today to add value to your world? Join in the conversation.