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Core Values will Guide…

     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[1]—and since God is all knowing and all being[2], 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:

  • Loving Relationships[3]
  • Compassion[4]
  • Truth[5]
  • Graciousness[6]
  • Wellness[7]
  • Storytelling[8]

     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…

Sue Reeve

  1. Colossians 1:15
  2. Isaiah 46:9-10
  3. Mark 12:30 &31[relationships with God, others and self]
  4. Multiple New Testament references saying, “Jesus was moved with compassion…”
  5. Many references about Jesus and truth in John’s gospel; John 18:37 is a powerful reference
  6. Luke 4:22; Romans 8:32
  7. Matthew 9:35
  8. The New Testament records 46 stories—parables—Jesus used to illustrate spiritual principles

Random Thoughts About Kindness… (Part 3)

Core Value of Kindness

Show me how you work, God;
School me in your ways
Take me by the hand;
Lead me down the path of truth.

Psalm 25:4 & 5 (MSG)

     I was first introduced to the concept of core values while working for the Washington State Department of Personnel Employee Assistance Program. Eva Santos was the director of DOP at that time. A remarkable woman, Eva died a few years ago after a valiant battle with breast cancer. Her influence taught me the importance of establishing core values and showed me I desired to be a value-driven person.

     In addition to our government department’s purpose statement, Eva insisted on establishing five core values, meant to drive DOP’s purpose. I printed the five values on a card, and taped it on my computer as a constant reminder. Often, I examined my workload management in light of those values. If what I was actually doing seemed incongruent with department values, I tried to make necessary adjustments.

     A couple years into retirement, I knew I wanted to make a significant transition, which I believed was consistent with a fuzzy calling I’d felt since childhood. While some aspects remained at first unclear, I knew part of my ‘calling’ included inspirational writing. One of the first steps I took was to establish a Purpose Statement (My purpose is to point people to a never-changing God in our always-changing world.)

     Next, I asked: What core values do I want to drive the purpose? I’ve read that five is the optimum number of values, but I came up with seven and couldn’t figure out what two I was willing to relinquish. Later, I added yet another ‘must-have’—“Kindness.” These are my eight core values:

Authenticity . Generosity . Graciousness . Integrity . Kindness .

Quality . Significance . Wisdom

     Is my behavior; are my activities always congruent with my values? Nope! They aren’t, but the clearly articulated—and published—values by which I want my life purpose defined are great reminders when there is incongruence. Often, the still, small voice gives a gentle reminder I need to do some work to bring my behavior and activity in alignment with the core values to which I aspire.

     May your days be filled with random acts and intentional thoughts of kindness…

Sue Reeve

Listening on YOUR Journey….


  • What are the core values you would like to define your life purpose? (Remember: We’re not looking for perfection here. Aspirational values are important to determining and establishing actual values.)



     Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or organization. The core values are the guiding principles that dictate behavior and action. Core values can help people to know what is right from wrong; they can help companies to determine if they are on the right path and fulfilling their business goals; and they create an unwavering and unchanging guide. (yourdictionary.com)