“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:37-40

What do you live for? What are your true values? What do you really care about? You may find that your values are not the ones you thought you had. I think it was Stephen Covey who said that we should always begin with the end in mind. Forgive me for getting dark here, but doing funerals as a pastor has made me want to live for more. In every funeral, everybody says something good, but you can tell when people really think it’s good or not. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want the preacher to lie at my funeral. So imagine your funeral and what people are going to say about you there. Those are your values! You may think you have other values, but what you want people to say when you pass, those are your values and what you ought to live for. I know what I’d want people to say: The best dad, the best grandpa, the greatest husband, and the truest friend. That’s what really matters! If you live for that kind of life, you are going to have the most joy-filled, godly, and awesome life you could ever have today! You live for what really matters. Look, I want you to succeed in business or in ministry, but never forget that your true values are what you want people (and even more importantly: our Heavenly Father) to say about you that you were a life giving, friendly, loving and Christ-like person.


Heavenly Father, although life might catch up on us sometimes, help us to always focus on what’s really important; Our true values.


What are your true values?

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2 Responses

  1. Pastor Bobby,

    I live in the Boston area, and I want you know that I watch the Hour of Power every Saturday evening. I love the music, and of course, your very positive, down-to-earth messages. And I love your precious Hannah’s part in every service. Maybe that’s because I was a Pastor’s wife for 50 years, in 4 different churches. My husband passed away 2 years ago, and I miss him terribly, but I would not wish him back confined to a wheelchair, with such a multitude of problems. As a doctor friend recently said to me, “Joy, Pastor Bill wouldn’t want to come back. He’s walking with the King!”

    Pastor Bobby, I love when your message includes an invitation to accept Jesus. People have to have that opportunity to receive Jesus, and to know that they took that step. I made that decision at age 7, and even as a little kid, it was the best decision I ever made.

    I also want to tell you that my husband and I made 2 trips to the Crystal Cathedral many years ago. One was to the Christmas pageant, and Debbie Boone was Mary in
    that beautiful event.

    God bless you richly as you serve Him!

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