A Value System All Your Own.

On Sunday at noon MST, on FaithTalk KPXQ 1360, Conversations with Cinthia we will be discussing something crucial to our health and relationships. We want to talk about the importance and absolute necessity of a personal value system. 

Let's start with a definition of "personal value system". 

By Z. Hereford

A personal value system is a set of principles or ideals that drive and/or guide your behavior.

Your personal value system gives you structure and purpose by helping you determine what is meaningful and important to you.

It helps you express who you are and what you stand for...

If you are unaware of, or become disconnected with your values, you end up making choices out of impulse or instant gratification rather than on solid reasoning and responsible decision-making.

Your values define your character . They impact every aspect of your life including:

  • personal and work behaviors

  • your interactions with family, friends and co-workers

  • your decision-making processes

  • the direction you take in life

This is why it is so important to know what you value, why you value it and what precedence it takes in your life.

And this is what the Bible has to say about that, about what you "value": 

Matthew 6:21 (MSG) 19-21 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

What you treasure, you value, this will dictate your life. This will dictate your behavior, where you spend your time, your money, your emotions, your physical strength, your cognitive attention, this is what you will think on.

In other words, most importantly and truly the bottom line, what you value, what is important to you, will dictate your behavior! You are your behavior. 

And what does God value most? Humans, this means YOU!  We see this because his behavior matches what He values, his commitment, his sacrifice, his words match his actions! This is how we believe his ethics, His ethics reflect and confirm what He values, and His words match His actions...most poignantly His death and resurrection. This was his value system most definitely on display. 

P.S. Another therapeutic exercise:  Acting “As If” . . .1) Act as valuable as you are. 2) Act “as if” you are valuable. 3) Act “as if” you are greatly loved