Everyone likes to think that they have dreams and goals. An aim that takes them far off into uncharted and curious locations in some idyllic future. And I believe in having those goals, yet, it is hardly worth it if you reach the ends you wish to reach and have not gotten there a whole person.
Values are personal/moral/principled bumpers that keep you on the right path, in the right way.
– Christopher Morris
Our Bible gives great instances of clarity to this thought. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? – Matthew 16:26. In this, there is a (1) great truth and an (2) applicable principle.
(1) Why toil so much and gain so much, but lose out on the most important; your soul? That’s the big idea. And the principle is boiled down nicely to every area of life: (2) There are some things, which should be greatly sought after, but are not worth it when the cost is quantified.
This is where values come in, to protect and serve you. To give you a rigid character, and a filter by which you can address any new situation.
Personal Values and Standards (No Particular Order)
Here are some values which I esteem in my life. I’m not perfect nor should I be the person one looks up to in these areas. But, I think it would be wise for people to look over them and see if they resonate in your life.
- Love – Be moved, by and for God
- Holiness – Uphold every virtue before God and man
- Humility – Realistic about self, not after recognition, willingly generous.
- Balance – Priority, Proportion, and Simplicity
- Competence – In what you do, be great
- Contentment – Needs-based not wants-based
- Continuity – If there is anything that you do that is good, pass it on to others so that they can run the torch further
What do Values Afford?
Values are a part of the measure of a person. Fools often judge the quality of their life and accomplishments by how fast they live, the money they have, how flashy every moment is, or how much experience can be had.
The virtuous man is able to, at the end of his life, straighten his back and rest comfortably knowing that he caused little harm. That he was trustworthy. That he lived a life in such a way that people had a respect that is often not seen.