A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. Dwight D Eisenhower
It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. Roy Disney
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Edmund Burke
There are many who say that we are becoming less and less a nation based on values. There are those that disagree; saying we are finally basing things more on balanced values rather than being unfairly influenced by any one group’s set of values. It gets confusing. In order to advance our acceptance of another group’s beliefs or values; it seems to be done at the expense of our pre-existing values and beliefs. Perhaps this give and take is a necessary part of the process for advancing a higher good of being unbiased and non-discriminatory of all.
What is very important is that we should have a set of values and principles upon which we base the way we live our lives. We should have things we definitely believe in, will stand up for, and even be willing to give up our lives to defend and to protect if necessary. Most of us feel that we would be willing to sacrifice our lives in order to protect our families. Many have given up their lives to protect the rights and freedoms that we hold so dear. Some of us do not know what we would really be willing to do unless we were actually called upon to do so. Are we willing to serve in the military? Are we willing to become involved in a special cause and give it our all? Do we only give lip service or are we seriously committed to what we say we believe in. People all over the world find themselves being forced to put their lives on the line for what they believe in.
When we have a clearly defined set of values and principles we really believe and stand for, our lives have more defined meaning and purpose. When having something to live for, there is a sense of direction to our lives that others do not have. We will have more courage and more energy. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man whose principles and values allowed him to focus and concentrate his mission with undaunted will power and energy. Those who have not clearly defined their values and principles can better be described “merely existing”, often wandering or catering to the latest craze. We truly have a deep inner need to have something in our lives we can truly believe in and live for. We are incomplete without it.
Challenge: If you can quickly visualize or say the top four of five things that are most important to you, chances are these are the things that give your life meaning and purpose. They are the things to which you are dedicated. If you cannot do this, then you may be lacking something very important. Name the things that are really important to you. Based upon your answers you know what to do. Have a defined purpose in your life.
Wisdom: Try not to become a man of success but try to become a man of values. Einstein
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
We have innate need to have something to believe in, something that is bigger than ourselves. If that something is anything other than having a personal relationship with God, we are deficient and incomplete and will have major inadequacies and difficulties in life. Many attempt to replace their need for God with empty, hollow and all kinds of inadequate purposes and causes. The only solution to our need is having access to God, himself.
Prayer: Help me to grow in wisdom and understanding and to increasingly grow closer and closer to You.