Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 29


Today my meditational question concerns core values.  Let’s start by answering the question what is a core value?

“Core values are traits or qualities that you consider not just worthwhile, they represent an individual’s or organization’s highest priorities, deeply held beliefs, and core, fundamental driving forces. Core values define what your organization believes and how you want your organization resonating with and appealing to employees and the external world.

Core values are also called guiding principles because they form a solid core of who you are, what you believe, and who you are and want to be going forward.”  Susan Heathfield

As I write I am aware that my core values are going to be different from the core values of my readers because many do not share my beliefs. My role is not to change anyone else’s core values only to be true to mine.

Our goals and dreams have to be run through our core values. We have to realize that any goal or dream that is in conflict with our values will probably never be accomplished, that is, if we are being true to ourselves. If we do accomplish those conflicting dreams we will do so only at great cost to our own personal health and well-being. Many a man has lost himself by going after a dream he was never built to believe in.

Quotes about values:

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” 
― Roy Disney

“Values aren’t buses… They’re not supposed to get you anywhere. They’re supposed to define who you are.” 
― Jennifer Crusie

“If you’re honest, you sooner or later have to confront your values. Then you’re forced to separate what is right from what is merely legal. This puts you metaphysically on the run. America is full of metaphysical outlaws.” 
― Tom Robbins,

“Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth – don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.” 
― Aesop

“The first principle of value that we need to rediscover is this: that all reality hinges on moral foundations. In other words, that this is a moral universe, and that there are moral laws of the universe just as abiding as the physical laws. (from “Rediscovering Lost Values”)” 
― Martin Luther King, Jr.


What are three of your core values? Is there any part of your life that is conflict with these values? What can you do about that?


3 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 29

  1. I think some of my core values are honesty, faithfulness, and loving/caring. Sometimes loving/caring I have a conflict with and I know I shouldn’t. Some people I really need to pray for extra grace and then, of course, I have to choose to walk in that grace. Thanks, Pastor J for all that you do for our Lord!

  2. Matthew Henry said: Good values fixed in the head will produce good resolutions in the heart and good practices in life.

    The one thing that is in conflict with my core values is ME, but when I surrender my “me” to God’s rightful control, my core values produce fruit to His glory.

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