Passing along my Values…
…summarize the values and life lessons I have attempted to live out before you and want to pass on to you…
I cannot adequately put into words what God has done to shape my life and mold me closer toward the image of the Lord. However these are several guiding principles I try to operate with, here are a few for your prayerful consideration.
UNWORTHY… Perhaps I should label this as humble, but the only way to approach humility is to consider the great and awesome holiness of our Lord and the huge gulf He did span to reconcile us. Our unworthiness is NEAR impossible to grasp. Even our best efforts at righteousness is likened unto “filthy rags” compared to the pure Holiness of the One who died for US. We are so unworthy.
Enemies… In life and ministry there will be more times than we want when people will frustrate, disappoint, or even anger you. Remember- they are not your enemy. Our one great enemy is Satan, the Accuser, the Destroyer, the Liar, the Murderer-you get who I mean. We must know our enemy to defend against him. Play to your strengths, but protect your weak and blind spots. But also, understand, in a very real sense you are your enemy as well. “The heart is desperately wicked who can know it?” Guard your heart at all times.
Love and Grace… The great commands of Christ instruct us to love God and man. Be a champion of the love of Christ. Never, not for one second, neglect your God. Allow Him to lead you AS YOU share His grace and show His love to others.
I have been accused of sharing a favorite verse, it’s Ephesians 4:32 (I have many other favorites!)
“And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
Live a life of kindness toward others and be sensitive to them and their needs, always regard others as more important than yourself. Be willing to forgive others, think of all that God has forgiven you and paid the price in Christ.
It will help to recall the great love of God toward you, and the many others who love you and pray for you. There is a great crowd of witnesses cheering you all the way to the finish line!