In my last blog, I posed a question, “Am I really oh, so valuable?” I described the struggle I share with many others to feel valued. I described how the power of scriptures, such as Psalms 139, have provided assurance of my intrinsic value to God. Accepting God’s value, I said, has been the springboard from which I continue learning to value myself as well as valuing others.
I’ve discovered one way my sense of value can grow is to establish a set of personal core values.
I was introduced to the concept of core values while in the workplace. The director of the state agency where I worked introduced five core values she expected employees to consider in whatever positions we served, doing whatever tasks our job descriptions required.
Her directive resonated. I wrote the five core values on a 3×5 index card and taped the card to the edge of my computer screen. Often, I considered the agency’s core values as I prioritized my workload.
This introduction led me to start thinking about my own personal core values:
principles pointing me to top priorities,
guidelines directing me in decision-making,
ideals influencing my best “No’s” and “Yes’s”
qualities I want to characterize me.
While considering, I pondered a couple questions:
How do I want those with whom I come in contact to remember me?
At my memorial service, will descriptions by my family be consistent with those given by a more casual acquaintance?
You can probably tell I’ve given the matter of core values a good deal of thought.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about the core values of Jesus. Here’s what I concluded. Since Jesus is the exact reflection of God—and since God is all knowing and all being, every worthwhile core value is part of Jesus’ character.
This topic could become an entire Bible study, but that’s not my intention. Here are a few of my favorite core values of Jesus:
I will unpack some additional thoughts about the important subject of value next time.
Until then, I’m praying for you and asking God to reveal to you your deep, deep value…
- Colossians 1:15↑
- Isaiah 46:9-10↑
- Mark 12:30 &31[relationships with God, others and self] ↑
- Multiple New Testament references saying, “Jesus was moved with compassion…” ↑
- Many references about Jesus and truth in John’s gospel; John 18:37 is a powerful reference ↑
- Luke 4:22; Romans 8:32 ↑
- Matthew 9:35 ↑
- The New Testament records 46 stories—parables—Jesus used to illustrate spiritual principles ↑