Truths, morality and ethics, rules and standards, all toward good behavior and right actions.
The height of you accomplishments will equal the depth of your conviction. W Scolavino
If principle is good for anything, it is worth living up to. Benjamin Franklin
It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. Alfred Adler
We do need principles for us to live by. Those living by them are more likely living good, upright and well-grounded lives. Those not living principled lives are more likely to have problems with the quality of their life. It is a good thing for us to have something that guides us. Too many of us are still searching for something to believe in and that gives our life more meaning and purpose. Too many are misguided, searching and wandering.
How many of us have the self-discipline to sit and think, formulate and focus on what our principles are? How many have loosely formulated principles bouncing around inside their heads? Should we formally declare, proclaim and document what we stand for? Some people go so far as to have a personal mission statement. They make a declaration of the principles they seek to live by. Things such as honesty, integrity, humility, patriotism, kindness and respecting others are the kinds of principles many proclaim. Would we become more principled by “officially” recognizing and stating what we believe, proclaiming it and then even writing it down” Would our principles become more ingrained? Are they really that important to us or do we mostly give them lip service?
Human beings come closer to living a quality life by having a committed sense of what they believe, stand for, and ascribe to. It is one thing to “loosely” commit; it is a better thing to verbalize and articulate what one really believes. We will make better decisions; do better at staying on course and have more self-respect and self-esteem. It is good to live by convictions. Our principles serve as protective armor, shielding us against things that weaken and harm us. They are our personal constitution. They are our rule book; injecting a quality and energy into life; helping us have a sense of direction and reasons why we do what we do.
Too many appear to be lost and without any real sense of direction and purpose. All are faced with difficult choices as we confront life’s challenges. We are tempted to accept less than we should accept. The temptation to compromise is always there. If we are firmly grounded in principles, we are more capable and are more likely to make better choices. By committing to living a life with meaning and purpose, we will get so much more from it.
Challenge: Chances are you have principles. Take time, write them down, and ponder their meaning and importance. Consider developing them into a personalized mission statement. Knowing what you really believe, stand for, and are guided by; adds meaning and purpose to life. You will be happier and get more from life by having a more focused sense of purpose. You will have more energy and vitality to live life with more “gusto”.
Wisdom: Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles. Nehru
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:33
Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Isaiah 3:10
Look around! Those seeking to live life “righteously” are happier and have more joy. They have something to live for. It is a fringe benefit that comes from letting go and letting God lead us. He gives us the ability to discern the truth and to know what is most important. He gives us the courage, conviction and strength to stick to our principles. Without God’s help and divine direction, we are endlessly searching for the wrong answers
Prayer: Help me to remember that with You in my life there is nothing to fear.