Everyone of us must have a vision to know where we are going. Most of us can have goals and try to achieve them in life. Hopefully for all of us, our vision is heaven. However in life we get distracted by life or get caught up in life we forget the ultimate goal. Now don’t get me wrong, we should have life goals and achieve them, but we also should have a life full of peace and joy as we live it to see things accomplished . Not only in that sense but to leave a legacy. How will people remember you after you are gone? Yes, life is not all peachy and roses but it is thru the tough times, Christ is there with us, leading us along the way to make right choices. Those choices are determined by our values.
Seeing the ending in mind means we have a vision. An element to the vision is our values, because values is linked to how you behave. Values are nonnegotiable principles that define character in a person regardless if you are a leader or not. Values is what drives behavior of all of us for our purpose and picture of the future.
- Love God with all your heart, soul and mind.
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
These are great principles for life but unless they are translated into behavior it won’t happen and they become good thoughts or just words on a paper that we all should live by. In fact many people say they do live by these words, maybe not daily but try to.
We all must make good choices and sometimes that means change. Some of us are hot-wired for change and can adapt very quickly when others, change only is seen by heartache and pain. We all want to be great leaders, in some form or fashion but to lead as Jesus, these two values must be put above everything else even if it means changing your environment. The appropriate response for your circumstances will depend on what God has in mind for you. Since we don’t know what tomorrow brings, that is hard I have to admit. You see Jesus knows what is best for us regardless on how we feel, nevertheless He gives us a choice.
Our life and leadership are all about choices and the choices made are based on our values.
I always said, “you are where you are right now in life because of the choices you made yesterday” What do you stand for?
Before you can reach your goal, you must have a vision and the vision must compel and drive you to reach it. Nothing should stand in your way. Not circumstances, not change, not feelings or emotions, not hurt, nor life itself. It’s called Living For Jesus Hard. It’s being sold out to the cause. Is it tough? Yes. Is it hard to stay strong? Yes. Do you feel like giving up? Yes. Is it hard to keep the flesh under control and live by the Spirit under the name of a Christian. Yes.
It is staying focused. It is COMMUNICATION with the Most High and with people. It is doing the right thing and having the wisdom for direction. It is putting others first before yourself. It is looking into the future to see the outcome: bettering people’s lives in reaching the ultimate vision. It is determined by values. Your choices in life always reflect your values. Your behavior that you show has your value written all over your face and everyone will see it.
What values do people see written on your face? They may not see it at first because of the mask, but they will see it in your actions. Actions will always determine if you reach your vision (goals). What is your life’s goals? Do they reflect these two commandments? Are you doing the right things in your behavior? It’s kind of funny because sometimes I am hard-headed and aren’t we all sometimes when it comes to listening to the voice of God! Ha!. Ultimately, I pray that my values will shine upon and through my life for the betterment of more people in influencing more than just a few. How about you?